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Written River Winter 2015 Issue | Now Available!

We are pleased to announce the release of this winter’s issue of Written River. The print edi­tion will be made avail­able soon.

From our office in Massachusetts, we are buried under about eight feet of total snow accu­mu­la­tion this win­ter. I have, despite the cold, been warmed by the writ­ing we have gath­ered up for this issue of Written River. With each issue we have pro­duced since we founded the jour­nal in 2010, I have felt it has become more and more of an embod­i­ment of the eco-poetic writ­ing we set out to cul­ti­vate and pro­mote.

This winter’s issue of Written River marks both a begin­ning and an end. This is the last issue of Written River we will pro­duce in its cur­rent for­mat. The next issue, which we will release this autumn, will bring with it many changes. Most notice­able will be change from a bian­nual, magazine-style lit­er­ary jour­nal to a yearly, anthology-style jour­nal in book for­mat. The new for­mat will allow us to print more and longer essays in addi­tion to poetry.

Since we began Written River, our com­mit­ment has been to make the jour­nal freely avail­able to all. When we founded the jour­nal, we envi­sioned it as an elec­tronic offer­ing. A print ver­sion has nonethe­less been made avail­able with each issue. With this change, we will be focus­ing more on the print jour­nal and striv­ing, even more, to increase the qual­ity of work we pub­lish. As part of this effort, we hope to be able to include more sub­stan­tive essays in order to more deeply explore the theme of eco-poetics and envi­ron­men­tal lit­er­a­ture.

In addi­tion to the change in for­mat, we are launch­ing a new web­site ded­i­cated to the jour­nal. In time, this site will be filled with selected pieces from our back issues and will be updated annu­ally with mate­r­ial from each new issue. While we will not be post­ing every­thing on the site upon release, we intend to share a sub­stan­tive por­tion of the jour­nal each year.

2015 will mark many changes to Hiraeth Press and a renewed com­mit­ment to our mis­sion and to our con­tin­ued growth as a pub­lisher. The mis­sion of Hiraeth Press is to, in brief, rewild the human voice. I view the change in for­mat as an oppor­tu­nity to hew ever closer to that mis­sion, to rewild Written River. We hope that this issue of Written River will inspire you to explore your own wild nature, just as it has inspired us.