Editor’s note

Dear Readers,

When I founded this journal four years ago, I did not have a magic 8 ball to ask whether or not this venture might be successful, how successful, or even whether it would still be here, five years down the road. I still don’t know. But what I do know is this: Thanks to readers like you, contributors like the ones featured in this issue, and our dedicated staff, we are still here. Thank you for that.

As the years have passed, my own role with the Inlandia Institute has grown from merely an Advisory Council member to the Executive Director. I love the people of Inlandia and am proud to call this place home.

A few announcements: Because of my own limited resources (time & otherwise) this journal will now be an annual, rather than quarterly, publication. This is both a fait accompli, in that it has taken me an entire year to get this new issue up, and a necessity, so that going forward we can set reasonable and relatively firm goals for publication. Thanks for your understanding.

Also, when we began this journal, we could not have anticipated that we would be partnering with the local newspaper to form a new a project, Inlandia Literary Journeys. This project includes a weekly column every Tuesday in the Press-Enterprise, an affiliated blog, and a video interview series. The videos are currently on hold as the Press gets settled into its new location, but we are planning on filming more interviews on location this coming year. To see what we’ve been up to, visit: http://localauthors.pe.com

Another thing: The Inlandia Literary Laureate has become an integral program of the Inlandia Institute, and I am thrilled to say that nominations are once again being accepted. To see who qualifies and for a link to the nominations form, go here.

Also, just up this week is a fun interview with me in The Review Review. As these things go, it takes a little while for interviews to go live, and already some of the information is out of date, but it should give you some insight into what we’re doing here.

Congratulations to all of the contributors in this issue, and thank you to everyone for stopping by.

Cati Porter

Call for Submissions: Special Issue on Cultural Identity in Inland Southern California

Were you or your parents born outside of the United States? Have you ever called Inland Southern California your home? Do you have a story to tell?

For this special issue, we will be featuring writers who represent the current face of Inland Southern California’s shifting cultural landscape.  We want work about your experience as a person of your particular background, and about the ways in which your cultural identity has been influenced or shaped by the varied cultures present here.

Some examples of relevant topics might be: how your family has maintained or changed cultural traditions/rituals since coming to the region, inter-cultural relationships and marriage, finding a sense of community (or lack thereof), what it was like to grow up as the child of an immigrant parent or parents, or conversely what it was like for a person of your background to parent (or grand-parent) children in this region, and/or explorations of interaction with cultures in the region, including your own.

All genres accepted – poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, images, and hybrid works.

(*For our purposes, “Inland Southern California” is defined as any non-coastal city or area in southern California, stretching from the San Felipe Valley just east of Oceanside up to Death Valley, near the California-Nevada border, including the deserts of eastern Riverside and San Bernardino counties all the way to the Colorado River.)

Please submit here.