Editor’s Note

What keeps us going?

As FLARE: The Flagler Review encountered a fresh crop of challenges this semester, every member of staff–and especially myself–had to tap into that which inspires us and pushes us forward. Our hearts are meant for filling up, and FLARE has come to occupy a very special space in my own. And I am not the only one; judging by all the hard work our diligent, innovative staff has put in over the past few months, being a part of FLARE means something incredibly important to all of them, too. So what does keep us going? The recognition? The fame? The riches? (Just kidding–I’ll take off my star-shaped sunglasses now.) Here’s my list:

  1. The search for new voices and new ideas;
  2. The search for that poem or story that absolutely changes my world;
  3. The knowledge that a piece of writing can change the world;
  4. The desire to encourage others to share their work, to move from passivity to activity, to step outside of their comfort zones;
  5. The feeling I get when I send acceptance e-mails;
  6. The amazing people I meet in the process;
  7. The time I am able to share with likeminded people, who have all grown to be good friends;
  8. And, most importantly, the profound happiness I receive from doing and promoting what I love, so that the arts continue to grow and thrive at Flagler College.

Coffee keeps us going. Little signs of luck–the ladybug that landed on my shirt before a presentation, the penny I found on the ground on a dreary day–brighten our spirits. An encouraging text or a warm hug from a friend or family member reminds us that it is all worth it. But so do these greater ideals–the power of the written word, the power of community–fuel us; we all want to be a part of something greater than ourselves. We want to speak. We want to be heard. We want to matter. That’s what keeps us going.

Best,

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Clinton van Inman was born in Walton-on-Thames, England in 1945, graduated from San Diego State University in 1977 with a BA in philosophy, and has been an educator most of his life.  Currently he is a high school teacher in the Tampa Bay area where he lives with his wife, Elba.   

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Alain Valet was born in 1967 and currently lives in Belgium. He likes to work with different technics (china ink, marble painting, wood sculpture, mail art, collage, digital art), alone or in collaboration with other artists. He is also a poet and philosopher.

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Dr. Ernest Williamson III has published poetry and visual art in over 400 national and international online and print journals. Some of Dr. Williamson’s visual art and/or poetry has been published in journals representing over 50 colleges and universities around the world. Dr. Williamson is an Assistant Professor of English at Allen University and his poetry has been nominated three times for the Best of the Net Anthology.

Learn more about Dr. Williamson at http://www.pw.org/content/ernest_williamson_iii

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As far as Meredith Jarocki’s art career in college is concerned, she started work on painting landscapes but wanted to explore in greater detail those landscapes and locations that were special to her. She has always created works which reflect organic materials because she finds them more enjoyable to render than manmade objects. These landscapes of the past have led Jarocki to her current work: exploring driftwood from Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Jarocki is working on a series that examines driftwood in a non-traditional way by highlighting the tragedy and beauty of the seemingly thriving but lifeless trees through paint and pencil drawings.