High Desert Journal is a voice for the landscape and the people of the interior West. Through literature and visual arts, High Desert Journal has created an evolving conversation that deepens an understanding of the people, places, and issues of the interior West, a region rich in creativity, history and flux, yet often overlooked for its cultural resources.
On November 1, High Desert Journal debuted their 31st issue, along with a completely revised website. Issue 31 features new work from Melissa Kwasny, John Daniel, Chris La Tray, Michael Bishop, Keene Short, Stacey Boe Miller, Aaron A, Abeyta as well as many many more, and includes a photo essay by Brooke Williams.
With this issue High Desert Journal is now a paying market, offering $25/ poem, $50/essay or story, and $150/featured artist. In 2021 they will also be offering two $500 scholarships to low-income and minority writers to assist in attending workshops and writing/artist retreats. More details will be posted on the journal’s website in the new year.
Issue 31 also sees the addition of Corey Oglesby, their new web designer. Oglesby completely revised, revamped, improved, and updated the website. Click here to see the new site. Oglesby is a poet and musician originally from the Washington, D.C., area, currently living in North Idaho. A 2018 graduate of University of Idaho’s MFA program in Creative Writing, his work has most recently appeared in DIAGRAM, Barrow Street, jubilat, Hobart, The Meadow, Puerto del Sol, Blood Orange Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal, where his poem “Ballistics” was named a 2020 semi-finalist for the Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Fugue Literary Journal from 2017 to 2018.