Creative Writing

Ecotone Releases Spring/Summer Issue

Just in time for beach-reading season, Ecotone has released its spring/summer issue. With amphibian cover art by Kelsey Oseid, the issue features new fiction by Ron Rash, winner of the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; an essay on Pablo Neruda and the first moon voyages by renowned poet and novelist Linda Hogan; new poetry by Marilyn Nelson, author of A Wreath for Emmett Till and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship; and more.

“We’re glad to share Ecotone 23 with our readers and community—it’s full of good beach reading, with stories from Ron Rash, Halina Duraj, and Nick Fuller Googins,” says editor Anna Lena Phillips Bell. “As ever, there’s plenty of work that speaks to the places we live in and love—like Anya Groner’s essay about the chytrid fungus that’s decimating frog populations worldwide, and a suite of three maps that range from Anguilla to Texas.”

Following the success of Ecotone’s, Country and City issue, recently reviewed at, the spring/summer issue is also the last for graduating MFA student staff members Eli Didier, Elle Drumheller, Megan Ellis, Renée Y. LaBonté, and Stephanie Trott. “This may be the last issue they've worked on officially, but their care and effort will endure as part of the magazine,” says Bell.

Ecotone’s mission is to publish and promote the best place-based work being written today. Founded at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2005, the award-winning magazine features writing and art that reimagine place. Under faculty leadership, students read submissions, undertake editorial apprenticeships with the magazine, design spreads and collateral materials, and represent the publication at writing conferences.