VOICE Talisman Magazine | Issue No. 10

CONTENTS

Tones through the times

WKU gospel choir sings on

Phrase gap

Language barriers in the U.S.

A seat at the bench

Women in criminal justice

Art beyond identity

These artists' true inspiration

A tribute to The Voice newsletter

Remembering WKU's Black-led publication

Written in the cards

Finding belief through tarot

(Un)confined

Labels in the LGBTQ+ community

Escaping oblivion

From addiction to recovery

Life on stage

An operatist's journey

Rewriting the epilogue

Survivors of suicide

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VOICE

Dear reader,

The Talisman is known nationally as a publication that helps tell unique stories that may otherwise have gone untold. Our magazines are homes for eccentric, bubbly personalities that share a space with challenged histories and uncertain futures. It is a place where the spectrum of souls who inhabit WKU, Bowling Green and the surrounding region collide, and stories capture the community as it was, is and will be. Over the course of five years and 10 magazines, talented staffs of writers, photographers, designers and editors mixed with compelling, inviting subjects have allowed the Talisman to be a voice of our culture.

Voice can represent any form of communication or expression. It can be literal voices used to stream podcasts as told in “On air.” Perhaps it’s using voice through music and performance, demonstrated in “Life on stage” and “Tones through the times.” It could also represent when voices fail at communicating because of language barriers, discussed in “Phrase gap.”

Some voices are heard through creative outlets, like WKU students finding themselves through fashion in “Threads of expression.”

For others, the voice of tarot cards helps guide the way to self-discovery, as told in “Written in the cards.” In “Art beyond identity,” BIPOC artists tell how their creative expression does not necessarily rely on their voices as minorities. For those in the “(Un)confined,” labels in the LGBTQ+ community can simultaneously help and hurt individuals trying to find their voice.

At times, voices are challenged against difficult obstacles. In “A seat at the bench,” we examine the way women are treated in the criminal justice field and how people push forward. We also explore the border between life and death in “Escaping oblivion” and “Rewriting the epilogue.”

Whether struggling with your voice or thriving because of it, these stories should highlight the importance of pursuing your true voice or understanding the value in already owning it. In a year full of shaky reverberations, let these stories serve as a reminder that having any voice is enough, and on the other end may soon be a proud shout.

Happy reading,

MAX ZAMBRANO

Editor-in-chief

EDITORIAL BOARD

Max Zambrano

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Jess Brandt

WRITING CO-EDITOR

Emily Lancaster

WRITING CO-EDITOR

JB Carter

DESIGN EDITOR

Morgan Bass

PHOTO EDITOR

Raegan Steffey

COPY EDITOR

Annalee Hubbs

WEB WRITING EDITOR

Bailey Cooke

WEB PHOTO EDITOR

Madalyn Stack

WEB ILLUSTRATION EDITOR

Ally Mefford

MARKETING MANAGER

Joeleen Hubbard

WEB MANAGING EDITOR

*Sam Oldenburg

TALISMAN ADVISER
*not an editorial board member

MAGAZINE STAFF

Emma Bayens

WRITER

Nicole Christensen

WRITER

Jack Dobbs

PHOTOGRAPHER

Macie Dowell

WRITER

Bree Gravatte

DESIGNER

Allie Hendricks

PHOTOGRAPHER

Erin Horton

MARKETING

Carlie Jefferies

DESIGNER

Kaetlyn Jeffries

WRITER

Missy Johnson

WRITER

Jacob Latimer

PHOTOGRAPHER

Addison LeBoutillier

PHOTOGRAPHER

Juliana Lowe

WRITER

Hailee Lunte

DESIGNER

Debra Murray

WRITER

Tori Palmore

WRITER

Jack Quinn

WRITER

Sheyna Roscoe

PHOTOGRAPHER

Elizabeth Roth

WRITER

Lane Sanders

WRITER

Veronica Teeter

PHOTOGRAPHER

Lily Thompson

PHOTOGRAPHER

Alex Ward

WRITER

Gabby Wilson

WRITER

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