The editors of are pleased to preview the upcoming issue, our 26th, with the theme of “The Signal in the Noise.” We also want you to know that the issue launch date has moved back three weeks — to October 11th — to allow for systems upgrades (i.e., the editor-in-chief’s computer died and a new one is on the way; since he’s also the web guy, there is some downtime).

So what’s in the upcoming issue?

  • Guest editorial by Kathleen Dean Moore, Spring Creek Project
  • Interview with Alison Hawthorne Deming
  • Visual and acoustic art by Andrea Polli
  • Poetry contest winner Laura-Gray Street and finalists Reeves Keyworth, Sara Talpos, Julie Hanson, Tom Daley, and Davi Walders
  • Poetry also by Eric Paul Shaffer, Laurie Klein, Ben Howard, Sherry O’Keefe, Mary Cisper, Derek Sheffield, Cynthia Huntington, Jason Myers, Jeffrey Thomson, Emily Wall, E. Louise Beach, Jeff Newberry, Nick Ripatrazone, Paula Sergi, Nickolas Butler, and Janine DeBaise
  • Nonfiction contest winner Elizabeth Dodd and finalist Michael Palmer
  • Photo essays by John R. Campbell on the Andrews Forest Residency in the Oregon Cascades and Gregory McNamee and Stephen Strom on what makes a desert
  • Other essays by Russ J. Van Paepeghem, and Sara Loewen, who introduces our new feature¬† called “To Know a Place”
  • Fiction contest winner Andrew Wingfield and finalists Kevin Catalano and Jasmon Drain
  • Other fiction by Debbie Weingarten, Frances Kerridge, and Lucy Jane Bledsoe
  • Articles on bringing employment centers back to neighborhoods, the literary legacy of the European starling in North America, the policies of identity and suppression in the burning forests of the American West, and social justice from Hurricane Katrina
  • A photo article by Jolie Kaytes and Paul Charpentier on permaculture as the ecology of home
  • Plus reviews, regular editorials, and more!

Whew! We hope you’ll find — as we know we will — that Issue No. 26 is worth the wait.

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