“The students on the ABSENCE editorial staff work hard each year to produce a professional-quality publication. This year is no exception. The art is beautiful, and this is a wonderful opportunity for the visual and literary artists to have their work on permanent display,” said Clifford Manlove, associate professor of English and ABSENCE faculty adviser since 2002.  “At the reception, everyone is able to relax and enjoy the talents of their fellow artists.”

The student editors, led by Editor-in-Chief Tim Tolbert, invited faculty, staff, students, and alums of the campus to submit their poetry, short fiction & nonfiction, essays, photography, visual art, etc. for consideration for Volume 16. A “blind submission” process is used by the student editorial board to evaluate each work. All student submissions were eligible for consideration for the Chancellor’s Prizes, which were established in 2006 by then-Chancellor Curtiss Porter, to promote the growth of an active creative community in and around Penn State Greater Allegheny.