The mission of LUMINA Literary Journal has always been to create a journal where the experimental and traditional are celebrated together, transforming into something innovative and exciting. Our goal is to be thought-provoking, poignant, eloquent, relevant, and powerful by engaging diverse writers and artists across disciplines, identities, geography, and form. Our core values are mutual respect, communication, honesty, transparency, dedication, efficiency, cooperation, and, of course, passion for excellent literature and art. We will always seek to accumulate bold, beautiful, and new interpretations of the numerous ways humanity exists in the world. As staff members of LUMINA and graduate students of the M.F.A. Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College, we will work toward the common goal of ensuring that our student-run journal reaches its full potential by following its mission and embodying the core values for readers and contributors. Above all, we are a team and a community of emerging writers and artists that seek to change the world one word at a time.