A Call of Contributions for Issue No. 2 (UPDATED DEADLINE)

UPDATE: Hey friends – so here’s the scoop – we haven’t had nearly as many contributions as we’d like. And that’s for a number of reasons, and we’d guess more than partly due to the lack of head-space for a lot of stuff with the current state of the world. We’d still love your work. Don’t worry about the deadline but send us something within June so we can get going! If we get writing early, that’s a great way to pair it with artists. If you are an artist that wants to submit something stand alone or a series with captions. That’s great. Please, all are welcome to contribute, there’s a lot of flexibility with the theme for Issue No. 2. Get at us!

-Brendan McGarry, Editor

Dear Future Contributors, 

It’s been almost a year since the first issue of the Field Journal. During this period of stasis we took time to consider our process, to review the lessons learned, and allow the experience to ferment a bit. We’re now ready to move into future issues. If you’ve been waiting, thanks for your patience. 

If you are not familiar with our magazine, take a moment and look back at Issue 1. Though future issues will undoubtedly morph, our goal is to explore nature through art, to plumb the depths of what it means to be human in a world decidedly other than human, and yet so consumed by our focus and measures. This is purposefully broad, because while we’d invite complexity and storied views of the world, we also do not wish to discourage involvement. 

As we enter Issue 2 we want to engage in a new subject, one that continues to roll around in our heads, hearts, and souls: What is the difference between wilderness and wildness? This may be a subject near and dear, or never considered. We are not seeking absolutisms or definitions on the subject, (rundowns of the Wilderness Act might be unnecessary). We are however seeking essays, poetry, drawings, paintings, photographs, recipes, interviews, and just about any other printable media that dig deep. You might decide to discuss revelations drawn from outside daily life, or a chance moment in a human-built landscape. You might look upon your interior landscape or travel to places of dreams.

Ultimately The Field Journal is about collaboration and building some community around creative expression. We continue to hold fast to the notion that we need more of this. Today, as we write, people are grasping for any sense of connection in a very scary and uncertain world. Though diving into a project might merely be a veil against pandemic anxiety, we also have rediscovered space for creative endeavors. This is a privilege, and exactly why we are finally getting back to work. We can no longer pretend that we don’t have time for creative communities, or space for nature. This is a time when in our confusion we can also lose grip of such universal needs, and let the greedy pillage in our time of distraction. We advise you to not just dry your eyes with streaming services, to strike out and continue to be a steward of people and place.  

As with Issue 1, we are not yet a money making endeavor and we don’t have gigantic readership. Though we will chip away at these things as goals, we would appreciate contributions from people who are excited to work with us, on this subject, because they enjoy the process (read: Travis and Brendan are not making money, but you most certainly will get copies of the magazine). Bills will not be paid, droves of patrons will not flock your way just yet. We don’t pretend to offer exposure. What we can promise is that you’ll be engaging in a collective, creative process and for some of us, that’s currently enough.

And with that, here are some specifics: 

  1. Send submissions to fieldjournaleditor@gmail.com by 5/31/2020 11:59 PST. 
  2. Please name your submission files with the title of your work, your name, and “Issue 2”. For example: wilderness vs wildness_brendanmcgarry_Issue 2.doc
  3. Please do not send high resolution files in your submissions, simple .jpg and pdf files in 72dpi will suffice. 
  4. If you have an idea but are not sure it will fit, please write to us and we’d be happy to clarify or even workshop the idea. 

Be bold. We look forward to working together. 

Brendan McGarry, Editor

Travis Jaworski, Artistic Director

What does it mean to be a naturalist?

One of the feature articles in Issue 1 of The Field Journal discusses what it means to be a naturalist, from the perspective of the Author and Editor, Brendan McGarry. From his point of view, being a naturalist is not as simple as it might sound. Download a PDF of the article below and see what he has to say.

Thanks for engaging and sharing your thoughts!

What does it mean to be a naturalist