The cover art for this first issue of volume 12 is by Etel Adnan, a Lebanese poet, conceptual artist, and philosopher. Living between three disciplinary worlds and the three continents of Asia, Europe, and North America, Adnan draws on multiple sources of inspiration and binds them with color for exquisite paintings that have garnered praise and recognition from around the world. She has painted stories with words, illustrated poetry with images, and wrapped all she has done in the cellophane of ideas. Her political commitments, shaped by the persisting tragedy in her beloved Lebanon, inform everything she creates, and our cover is a fine example. In “Exploring Third Space in the Beirut Decentrists’ Texts,” Emilie Thomas Mansour situates Adnan among the Beirut Decentrists, a school of women writers in Lebanon who came to world attention during the Lebanese...

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