We begin this semester by saying goodbye to one of our best— Liz Guffin, Prose Editor. Often described by her coworkers as the epitome of Aura, Liz embodies the spirit of authenticity and creativity that Aura is dedicated to fostering.
Liz, like many on Aura’s staff, is a talented writer herself. Her poem entitled “Does it rain in space?” quickly became a staff favorite and was published in our most recent magazine.
A few questions with Liz…
Q: How was your poem inspired, and how has it inspired you?
The poem came from a place of real loneliness at the time. I was in my early 20s and it seemed like I was on my own planet struggling to find my place. There was one night where a friend made me go stargazing with them and it helped put things in perspective. But the whole time I still thought about how this loneliness was still so big and there had to be others who felt the same. I think it still inspires me to this day that the world is such a big place and that loneliness doesn’t have to be dealt with alone. So many people feel the same way, you just have to find those connections and help each other grow.
Q: Do you have any parting words as you move on from Aura?
Aura has genuinely been my favorite part of college in all the 9 years it took me to complete my degree. That group I mentioned previously, you can find it here. Everyone is going through their own thing but you know you can talk to each other about it as well as getting to read/see so much arts to go along with it. I will always be thankful to have been dubbed the Aura mom and I’m going to miss seeing this group on a routine basis and our Taylor Swift parties.
Liz, we will miss you so much moving forward. Aura will always be here for you, and we cannot wait to see what you accomplish!