Adapted from Bernd Krämer, via Wikimedia Commons. Olympus Playground in Munich, Oct 2015 Note from the Editors


This publication would not be possible without the exceptional talents of the faculty who nominated their students' work for publication. Professors whose students' work appears in this volume include: Beth Capdevielle, Annie Coleman, Cornelius Delaney, Ed Kelly, Leanne MacDonald, Erin McLaughlin, Robinson Murphy, Nathaniel Myers, Susan Ohmer, Michael Petrin, Sarah Shortall, Sarah Snider, Micah Towery, Dominique Vargas, and Joanna Want.

Special thanks to members of the editorial board, a team of volunteers who devoted portions of their already crowded schedules to the task of choosing a few essays from nearly 100 submissions.

This year, I am especially grateful for the efforts of Assistant Editor Jeremy Davidheiser, including his assistance with reading, sending notifications, compiling materials, copyediting, and taking many of the author headshots.

Finally, continued thanks to members of the web support and library resource team in Hesburgh Library, who offer ongoing technical expertise and support for this publication.

Volume 18 marks my last as editor. Throughout the past five years, I've appreciated the collaborative process of sustaining this publication. It is a privilege and delight to work with students and colleagues who share the same enthusiasm for writing excellence at Notre Dame. Thanks for making this journey so rewarding, and, as always, thanks for your support of Fresh Writing.


Erin McLaughlin, editor