What filled my eyes and heart is on the cover of this issue ... Sankofa. The woman responsible for Sankofa, which has garnered the award you see below, Reji Thomas and I go way back. I first sought her out after seeing work she had done matching the old acid-etched panes for the Capitol dome's early-90s renovation. She is a creator of profound art. The choice to put her work on the cover is personal: part literal honor - I think her art is terribly underrated - and part metaphor. Sankofa represents the now. The now that is made from the then and the when (to be). Juncture. Reflection. On closure. On progress. On time.
The Eastside. An inadvertent theme? You could sit and read me wax on about it in this intro, or you can read on, open your doors, get out, and behold Austin, our town. Enjoy. - Kate X Messer
Who makes the mosaic that is "BOA"? Assistant Editor Diana Welch, a wildly efficient cog in a wacky wheel. Mr. MCK III, without whom ... Brian Barry and Karen Rheudasil, database deities. Our patient and tolerant proofers and the front-desk staffers, who field some very silly questions. Taylor Holland, Erin Collier, Dan Hardick, the editplex, and, most importantly, the interns who inspire: Wells, Reena,"Poochie MC" Puchek, Courtney, Jennifer, Baxter, Amy, Max, and heroic newbies Jess Sauer and Kate Getty.
Thank you, writers: Belinda Acosta, Nora Ankrum, Roseana Auten, Greg Beets, Wayne Alan Brenner, Sarah K. Bush, Holly Chacona, Mike Clark-Madison, Barbara Chisholm, Wells Dunbar, Mark Fagan, Robert Faires, Kate Getty, Spike Gillespie, Dan Hardick, Reena Karia, Michael King, Anne S. Lewis, Kim Mellen, Kate X Messer, Margaret Moser, Stephen MacMillan Moser, Elizabeth Morgan, Lee Nichols, Jen Quereau, Kathryn "Lizard" Rowe, Jess Sauer, Marc Savlov, Courtney Shelton, Elizabeth Skadden, Mary Sledd, Jordan Smith, cindy soo, Baxter Steakley, R.U. Steinberg, Darcie Stevens, Jeff Tonn, Diana Welch, Cindy Widner, Ric Williams, Max Wynn.