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Editor's Note

Dear Reader,
For your sake and mine, I’ll keep this short. No one wants to hear from the Edi
tor-in-Chief anyway. But there are so many people that I need to thank for their help with this edition of Touchstone Magazine.

Without my team of primary editors, none of this would be possible. Without them, I would just be some lonely Editor-in-Chief poring over submitted material and trying to stitch together a magazine half-as-good as what you’re about to read. Truly, any organization is only as strong as the individuals that comprise it, and I had some straight-up artistic warriors in my corner. ank you so much to Brennan, Erin, Tom, Adena, and all of their reading teams.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of technical concerns related to making a magazine— more concerns than any one Editor-in-Chief can handle. So thanks also to those that helped with tasks that often go unsung: Robert, Seth, Kaitlin, and their teams that publicized the mag- azine, managed our submissions, and copyedited for us. Likewise, our stalwart designers helped craft the template for this magazine, which should serve Touchstone for years to come.

Speaking of people with greater technical expertise than myself, the employees at Hale Library’s Media Development Center saved me from myself on Adobe InDesign too many times to count. ank you, you Adobe Creative Suite Magicians.

And of course, many thanks to Kansas State University’s Department of English and the Creative Writing Track—specific thanks to Dr. Karin Westman and our advisor, Dr. Kimball Smith. To properly thank our department and the individuals in it would take more space than I have here.

Alright, that’s a sufficient amount of gratitude. Go on. Get to it. Enjoy our magazine.

-J. Hunter Gilson