a note from the editor


for some of us, it is strange to realize that 2019 began only a month and two days ago. if you feel like me, this year has had a very rocky start, both on a personal level and on a societal level. i’m sure many of us are already over the sentiment of “new year, new me.” i bet many of us have already abandoned our new year’s resolutions and goals; we are already too frustrated, too tired to keep fighting for change and improvement.

for those of you who don’t feel this way, i am genuinely happy for you. i hope your dedication and motivation persists throughout the year. i hope 2019 is everything you need it to be and more.

but for those of us who are already exhausted, i have good news: chinese new year is occurring tuesday. this particular lunar new year is a beautiful celebration that begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional chinese lunisolar calendar. this is another clean slate for all of us. it is a second chance to put the past behind us. it is an opportunity to reinstate our resolutions, so we can enter the coming months with the self love and respect we deserve.

if you are in the washington dc area, there is a chinese new year parade in chinatown on sunday, february 10th. i have friends that have been before, and they said it was an incredible celebration of the earth, life, and love. i am very excited to go this year, and partake in such an experience.

i wanted to start off this issue of elbowroom by talking about the new year to acknowledge the fact that many of our experiences this year might not have been positive. despite this, we still created; we found the strength to craft beautiful art in spite of our pains. i hope that issue iii inspires you to utilize art to convey your lived experiences, whether they are positive, negative, or somewhere in between.

-allison grace o’donnell