Welcome to the Table: August/Sept Letter from the Editor

I can’t think of a better way to close out the family-themed month than to thank the OTV readership. You are an incredible, supportive group who have come together voluntarily to create the best kind of family-one that thrives beyond blood and obligation.

As to the artists, this theme was so profound it surpassed its deadline and spread into the themes of culture and identity, spanning three months in place of two. Who we claim as family and why is the setting of our culture and the seating of our selves. Each person we choose in our lives says something about who we are. The OTV table is very full of savory morsels when it comes to this sharing.

I look forward to the continued co-creation of family in these virtual walls as well as on its pages. Thank you for joining us with your art or your eyes. You are most welcome at the OTV family table. Take a seat. Enjoy.

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Shawna is a writer and in Bloomington, IN with an MFA from Indiana University. Her work most frequently addresses issues associated with survivorship. Some of her published writing can be found in The Manifest-Station, HuffPo, Sacred & Subversive, Exit 7, [wherever], and Role Reboot. She writes most regularly on Steemit and her personal site, The Honeyed Quill. Shawna is the creator of #LinkYourLife, the compassion-based community for artists and survivors on Twitter and Facebook. She is Editor-in-Chief for The Relationship Blogger, a site dedicated to mental health, relationships and their intersections. She teaches writing locally as well as online through the Elizabeth Ayres Center for Creative Writing.

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