Randy Laist, Sara Claudio, Sharon Koch, Regina Salvio, D. D. Mick, Brian A. Dixon Dr., A. Q., Jalen McCallum, Paden Livingston, Cynthia McHale-Hendricks, Audrey Thompson, Marisha Pruitt, Desmond Batts, Nicole Sciascia, Melissa Malchiodi, Jamie Matos, Njeri Dodson, James Hunt, Elizabeth Lane, Saeed Mustapha Moussa, Diane Sperger Ed.D, Alan Kramer, Eileen Ferris, Ralph Gagliardo, and Christine Biao
The Beacon is aptly named. Goodwin College is a school with many facets, many sides. Not all of those facets are always visible to us. The literary journal you hold in your hands allows us to shine a light on many of the gifted artists in our midst and, more generally, to shine a light on the role that the arts play in our lives. The humanities -- art, music, and literature - enrich us all. Regardless of our focus or goal or discipline, they inspire us and present us with new ways of seeing the world.
Each year, The Beacon offers a collection of literature exclusively produced by the Goodwin community. The fourth annual installment features poems, short stories, memoirs, commentaries, and plays. In every classroom or office on campus there is a poet or storyteller. Though some of them do not consider themselves to be poets or storytellers, they each possess a unique perspective which, put into writing, has the potential to inspire others.
Literature has the power to enrich any life, and it should be a part of every life. As you read this fourth edition of The Beacon, we're certain that you'll find something to inspire you.
- Brian A. Dixon, Editor
Ivania Appiah, Kristen Deptulski, Roger Ellsbury, Matthew Engelhardt, Nora Garriga, Lydia Griffin, Mary Henderson, Alan Kramer, Debra Lang, Paden Livingston, Jamie Matos, Amanda McCarthy, Shekina Morales, Veronica Pasieka, Evette Pastrana, Nicolas Phillips, Sarah Pringle, Bricherland Quiñones, Roberto Josue Sanchez, Howard Satinsky, and David Zoppoli
Dominique Dorce, Nora Garriga, Kimberly Marshall, Cynthia C. Smith, Cynthia McHale-Hendricks, Jonathan Carney, Katlyn Bark, Bricherland Quinones, Jack Matthews, Marquita Abrams, Gladys Rios, Lisa Smullen, Roger Ellsbury, Jamie Matos, William P. Rivera Sr., Amanda Haesaert, Maria Lorena Valentino, Ryan Bonacum, Tyesha Page, Jaime Ingaran, Roberto Josue Sanchez, Randy Laist, Brian A. Dixon Dr., Emilie Peirolo, Sherrilyn G. Bernier Ed. D., Maria Lorena Valentino, Wilma Long, Desmond Batts, Kim Scaplen, Teara Aris, and A .Q
The magazine before you exemplifies a writer’s sense of control, authenticity, purpose, and ambition. I trust that you will appreciate the rich words of these exemplary writers. As writing itself can act as a bridge between the writer and the rest of society, turning these pages represents crossing that bridge in order to uncover one of the many treasures of the Goodwin College community. We get to hear what issues prevail, what statements permeate, and what events inspire — to see what really matters today — in one community of vibrant students, scholars, teachers, staff, and administrators. It is my hope that you read, reread, share, store, and ultimately cherish this third edition of The Beacon.
- Cynthia McHale-Hendricks, Editor
Ricardo A. Chambers, Nick DelGiudice, Matthew Engelhardt, Marlene Harris, Frank Kaczmarek, Debra Lang, Cynthia McHale-Hendricks, Cheryl A. Mobley, Tanya Nixon, Nichole Peterson, Nicolas Phillips, Roberto Josue Sanchez, Shalaya White, Jeffrey Smith, Anthony Smith, and Alan J. Sturtz
The magazine you are reading right now represents another such beacon. The writers represented in this collection have drawn on their concerns, their hope, their memories, their curiosity, their wonder — in short, their dreams — to create essays, stories, and poems that we can see and share. Their personal thoughts and feelings have become a guiding light, calling us forward to recognize the startling power of the imagination and inspiring us to explore the transformative potency of our own dreams. - Randy Laist Goodwin College Writers Guild Member