As of Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The Columbia Center for the Arts announces its one-year sponsorship of the new Gorge Literary Journal. The publication is coordinated and edited by Julie Hatfield and John Metta and assistant editor Sarah Sullivan, and is a joint project with Hood River News. Gorge Literary Journal will debut in the Aug. 15 Hood River News, as a two-page pullout.
The journal will give voice to writers in the Columbia Gorge, and will be made up of previously unpublished poems, essays, and flash fiction (500 words or less) centered on living in the Gorge. Stated guidelines for submissions are, “Funny or poignant, satirical or lyrical, what is the essence of the Gorge to you? What delights you? Infuriates you? Inspires you? Accessible, meaningful writing is preferred.”
“The sponsorship was a natural fit for the Columbia Center for the Arts,” said Kerry Cobb, Executive Director of the Art Center. “Literary arts are a major component in the art experiences we try to nurture in the community. The work that John, Julie, and Sarah are doing to bring voice to Gorge writers is something we are very excited to help support.”
“Hood River News is happy to provide a new forum for original works by local writers. Their insights can enrich us all,” said Hood River News Editor Kirby Neumann-Rea. “We also appreciate the meaningful participation of the Columbia Center for the Arts in bringing forward Gorge Literary Journal.”
The inaugural issue features 13 writers, and deals with themes including nature, maturity, identity, grieving, small town life, and the beauty of turkey vultures. The next anonymous submission deadline will be Nov.1, 2015 for publication tentatively planned for February 2016.
The Art Center sponsorship is supported by Dr. Richard and Pat Schmuck and Kerry and David Cobb.