This is an issue that looks at relationships from many different angles. The poems and stories (and many of the images too) explore what it means to be a friend, a sibling, a child, and a student. You will notice many of these pieces are set at school. The start of school every fall can be an exciting but also frightening time. I remember always being worried about whether I’d have classes with my friends, and how I would cope if not. I always found a way to cope and usually made new friends in the process!
I hope these pieces will push you to think about the relationships in your lives—how they have changed and shaped you—and inspire you to create art about them, in any form. I also hope they will inspire you to reach out to new friends this school year.