Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry aims to do what no other literary journal does: to provide a home for the best writing we can find that focuses on the backcountry experience, in those open-air places away from machines where our senses are sharpened and our thoughts honed.
We are amazed that we reached our minimum goal of $2500 so quickly, and grateful to the fifty-plus donors who made this happen. This amount covers about 85% of the printing and mailing costs for Issue 1. We hope that lovers of wild places and good words will continue to invest in us in our month-of-May campaign. An additional thousand dollars will enable us to fully fund this issue, to get seed money for Issue 2, and to help keep future submissions from writers free, the way we want it to be.
The inaugural issue is on track for an August release. We received a wealth of submissions from across the USA and Canada, and from places as far afield as Morocco, Austria, and New Zealand, from which we have selected (with difficulty!) the work of 33 writers of essays, stories, and poems. (For a list of contributors, see below.) The issue will also feature a full-color excerpt of an illustrated journal from the Arizona Trail by Kat Manton-Jones and an amazing cover by wildlands watercolor artist Andie Thrams.
Twenty dollars gets you a copy of the first issue with your name printed on the donors page. Other options, big and small, are available. Thanks for considering our request, and for passing the word on to your deep-wild-loving friends.
WHO WE ARE:
Recently retired after thirty years at Western Wyoming College, Deep Wild founder and nonfiction editor Rick Kempa is free to pursue his lifelong, ardent love of backpacking. Rick edited the anthology ON FOOT: Grand Canyon Backpacking Stories, (Vishnu Temple Press, 2014) and co-edited, with Peter Anderson, Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon (Lithic Press, 2015). His latest poetry collection is Ten Thousand Voices (Littoral Press, 2014). Rick has served as artist-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park, North and South Rims, Mesa Verde National Park, and Hubbell Trading Post. www.rickkempa.com
Poet, wilderness ranger, artist, and wanderer, poetry editor Heidi Blankenship is a native of Utah but currently resides among the creosote and saguaro in Southeast Arizona. She is the author of Memorizing Shadows: Inspiration from the Arizona Trail (Shanti Arts Publishing 2017), a compilation of poetry and artwork from her Arizona Trail thru-hike. Her second book, Stone Wishes On the Colorado Plateau, a collaboration with photographer Michael Salamacha, will be released in the winter of 2019. heidibug.com.
Born in Puerto Rico, fiction editor John Yohe grew up in Michigan and lives in Oregon. He has worked as a wildland firefighter, wilderness ranger, and fire lookout. He holds a MFA from The New School for Social Research, and a MA from Eastern Michigan University. His published fiction, and other writings, can be found at www.johnyohe.com
Graphic Designer Extraordinaire Dave Gutierrez from Rock Springs, Wyoming and Webmaster/Logistical Genius Brad McGinty of Durham, NC complete the team.
CONTRIBUTORS TO DEEP WILD 1, 2019 A big thanks to the following writers for giving us permission to print their excellent work!
- Owen Eigenbrot of Burlingame, CA, “Until They Are Not”
- Tricia Friesen Reed of Saskatchewan, CAN, “Listening”
- Robbie Gamble of Boston, MA, “Journey to an Interior”
- Deb Ligget of Tucson, AZ, “Marking Our Place”
- Paula MacKay of Bainbridge Island, WA, “Reversing History on the Upper Missouri”
- Kat Manton-Jones of Tucson, AZ, excerpt from “Katlas,” an illustrated journal
- Susan Marsh of Jackson, WY, “The Amber Light of Autumn”
- Bob Penny of Bellingham, WA, “Mountain Pilgrimage Triptych”
- Kelly Stuart of Volcano, Hawaii, “The Language of Cormorants”
- Frederick H. Swanson of Salt Lake City, UT, “A Voice From a Separate World”
- Steve Nash of Tucson, AZ, “Promise”
- Sheila Thorne of Berkeley, CA, “Ascension”
Poems (partial list: check back for updates)
- Jose Alcantara of Carbondale, CO, “On the Question of Baptism” and “Descending”
- Cynthia Anderson of Yucca Valley, CA, “Desert Survival: On Distance”
- Sue Crouse of Stillwater, MN, “Grieving in Canyonlands”
- Matt Daly of Jackson, WY, “In Elk Country”
- Elizabeth Dodd of Manhattan, KS, “Perfect Cirque”
- Charles Finn of Federal Way, WA, “Church Was”
- Michael Garrigan of Marietta, PA, “Curve of the Klamath”
- Thea Gavin of Orange, CA, “Rattled”
- Corinna German, “One Night in the Gallatin Wilderness”
- Marybeth Holleman of Anchorage, AK, “Whales at Night”
- Ben Murray of Edmonton, AB, “The Sacrificial Man” and “Wilderness Pass”
- Margaret Pettis of Utah, "The Qi of Fir"
- Nicholas Samaras of West Nyack, NY, “A Place on This Earth, Where You Can Walk Downhill into the Drift of a Cloudbank”
- Kaz Sussman of Junction City, OR, “Incidental Hallucinations While Trekking Across Antarctica”
- Nancy Takacs of Wellington, UT, “The Worrier-Failure”
- Paul Willis of Santa Barbara, CA, “Big Beaver Grove”
Risks and challenges
There are some common risks and challenges with any project that has so many moving pieces. For a magazine or journal, these are almost always in one or more of the following areas: Production, Content, Budget.
We are all set here. We have a massive head start compared to similar Kickstarter projects. We started this process many months ago and implemented procedures (and set costs) before deciding on using this funding model. We have already contracted with a top quality printer and our design is effectively set. We are finishing up the content acceptance process now and will be long done before this Kickstarter campaign ends. Our expected delivery date of August should pose no issue at all.
Our contributors, and would be contributors, have been an immeasurable gift. We weren't sure because of the specific vision of Deep Wild what our first call for submissions would produce. The volume and quality of submissions were such that we had to make (and in a couple of cases are still making) some difficult cuts of great work (some of which we hope to include in our second issue). Our contributors will each receive a print copy of Deep Wild Journal shipped to them at no cost and, if possible in the future, we would love to provide more incentives for these talented people.
A print journal isn't a cash cow unless you're in the habit of milking your cows and then throwing the milk away. This is to say we are certainly not expecting to make a profit on this. In fact, we've built in a small expected loss just in case. If we overperform, great, we will find ways to give that back to our readers and contributors. We considered upfront funding but a successful Kickstarter campaign would allow us access to a larger print run with low/no risk, helps solidify a timetable for delivery, and gives you better access to us through their trustworthy framework and payment system.
We have sought out and identified our potential challenges and created plans to address them. We have backup plans in case of an emergency. We are passionate about this project and will deliver to you in a timely manner. Can catastrophes happen? Absolutely, but we are making a promise to you here and we take that seriously, in no small part because serving you is a fulfillment of a promise we made to ourselves.
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