Thank you for opening up Jet Fuel Review’s 15th issue! The editors are excited to
share another collection of exemplary writing and artwork which we’ve spent several months curating. We received our largest number of submissions yet this issue, with submissions from nearly 600 individuals in total. After giving each and every piece careful consideration, we have hand-selected pieces in poetry, fiction, creative non fiction, and art that we feel are the most reflective of our mission as a journal, as well as what we value not only as editors but as human beings.
Student-run and faculty-advised at Lewis University located in Romeoville, Illinois, Jet Fuel Review continues to expand each and every year, having undergone a remarkable journey from its initial inception to its present form. Every semester, we are continuously enthralled with the compelling and provocative voices that we have the honor of representing in our journal. Our featured cover piece for this issue, “Introspective Perspective,” comes from Jim Tsinganos, an Australian illustrator whose work is internationally recognized.
Jet Fuel Review is adamant about creating a platform for creators across the globe, as part of our goal is to establish diversity amongst the authors and artists we publish and the work they create. We strive to give voice to all people of varying backgrounds and experiences, and remain open-minded to both traditional and nontraditional forms of writing and artwork.
In our Spring 2018 issue, we present to you a Cento Special Section where we highlight the novel interpretations of an ancient poetic form, in which poets create new pieces only using lines hand-plucked from other works. In the spirit of collaboration and association, some of our very own editors and colleagues also created centos, which can be viewed on our blog.
Issue 15 is dedicated to Steven Seum, a previous Jet Fuel Review editor and Lewis University graduate, who we lost in December. Steve brought much light to the staff with his humor and unique insights based on his experiences. The editors would like to take the lightness which Steve so wonderfully gave us during his time at Jet Fuel Review and offer it back to his family and friends in their time of need. Steve will always be cherished as a friend to our staff and as a loving husband and father, as well as a valuable editor whose tireless contributions enhanced our journal.
Our foremost goal at Jet Fuel Review is to help enrich the writer’s community both locally and globally, publish captivating work, and maintain an engrossing blog connected to our literary journal site. Engaging in a variety of media and scopes, we hope that we can continue to augment the literary and artistic vista by publishing inspiring and thought- provoking voices.
Sam Gennett & the Jet Fuel Review Editors