We are here. This magazine is a place for young people from Southeast Missouri to have their perspectives reside. Young people’s ideas, beliefs, and questions about the world enrich all of our conversations as we work together to celebrate our joys and progress solutions to our struggles. Young people are here, and we want to hear about the world from their points of view.

Look here. Writing and art looks at the particular, the concrete. It examines that which others take for granted. It sees and pays attention to detail. Believing the people and places around us are worthy of attention, that’s what we want to do here, in our place in Southeast Missouri.

Here matters. Southeast Missouri is our home, and we want to be the ones writing the story and contributing to the conversation about our region. Providing young people with the tools to pursue career paths in the arts after high school and contribute to the global conversation about the region they are from matters.