This is a large issue, which seems fitting as we climb out of the Covid existence we've all been living -- hopefully. So let the number, variety and breadth of voices here signal a steady return to health, here at home and abroad. I'm happy to again be publishing both young writers, just starting out -- as young as 16 in this issue! -- as well as well-established writers/creative artists with impressive resumes. It's always interesting to read the contributors' bios. These poets, storytellers, playwrights, artists and musicians are also current or former firefighters, attorneys, teachers, diplomats, psychoanalysts -- and more.