++++If 2020 was a year of turmoil and transition, 2021 is shaping up to be a year of healing and recuperation. Spring brings a period of rejuvenation, and with it anticipation for the future. Here at Helicon, spring is upon us as well. Despite the tumultuous past year, we have emerged with this print issue, carrying on with our time-honored mission as we have done for over four decades. And now, as Northwestern slowly begins to return to in-person activities, a new group of leaders is already thinking about how to acclimate Helicon to new organizational structures as well as a post-pandemic normal.

++++This season’s issue contains meditations on heritage, explorations of memory, reflections on nature, seeds of rebellion. While the events of the past year have brought us—and the world at large—to a distinctly different place, the creations within these pages show that some things remain the same: we still wrestle with emotions, questions, and crises of all kinds as we have before, and as we will continue to.

++++It is only thanks to the time and contributions of our supporters that you are now able to turn these pages of the Spring 2021 issue. My endless gratitude goes out to each and every one of the donors, named and unnamed, who have generously given their financial support to Helicon in this year of transition. I would also like to express my gratitude to our advisor, Brian Bouldrey, for offering us his bottomless support this year and for always thinking about Helicon’s well-being and longevity, as well as Chelsea Mattson, for helping us find our financial footing. Finally, I would like to thank each of this year’s executive and editorial board editors: thank you for sticking it through on this wild ride and being a caring, dependable team.

++++This has been Tara Wu, editor-in-chief.



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