Preview: Matter 15 East Coast
Columbus found the East Coast because it was in his way, blocking access to India and all the delicious spices of the Far East. It’s been harder for us here, on the edge of the plains, on the edge of our younger mountains to do the same. Maybe it’s like going back in time, reversing Manifest Destiny, or visiting the grandparents. In any event, the East Coast is coming west!
The next issue of our literary journal, Matter 15: East Coast, takes shape, as if in the fog of coastal lowlands, from our community of wanderers, from favorite local writers, newcomers, and New Yorkers. The issue promises to take us sailing off the coast of New England, running through decrepit docklands, to the barrier island of Ocracoke, through the penal system, through Washington bureaucracies, and other easterly elsewheres. We will explore the legacies of Henry David Thoreau and Emily Dickinson, and interview contemporary visionaries Bill McKibben and Severine von Tscharner Fleming. This issue will be a broad conversation casting light on what it means to be here and there.
Featuring contributions from Brandon Bell, Sonya Whitesell, Ben Langston, Shelly Catterson, Lauren Belski, Patricia Lincoln, Martin Moran, Truth Thomas, and more, this, like the sunrise, is something to look forward to.
Please stay tuned for a release date and celebration information.