High Desert Journal, Issue No. 5

Editor, Elizabeth Quinn


Twice a year, High Desert Journal gathers some of the Western desert’s best writers and artists and places selections of their work on its big, sturdy pages, making it the kind of literary journal one is happy to disappear inside. The journal is involved in that neverending struggle to capture, as Charles Bowden writes in its pages, “what exists within that place we call desert.” The words and images are laid bare, giving a sense of space and earthiness that reflects the surroundings. A bison crosses a highway, a cancer grows from a “yella cake” of uranium, a true buckaroo speaks of life on the ranch, and Reno’s J. Anne Lazarus somehow makes salt, jello and road kill eloquent things. Published biannually in April and October.