Fiction by Gary Duehr, David Nash

Non-Fiction by Samantha Barry, Karen Walker, Brandy Wyant

Photographs by Samantha Barry, Marc Occil

From the Editor:

Whenever it’s snowing, I make a point to take a walk. No matter how bad the storm is, I put on my boots and go for a stroll. I like being in the middle of it, feeling the cold, watching it pile up on the cars and yards in my neighborhood. After the snow stops falling and everyone comes out to move it from their driveways and sidewalks, things go back to normal and the snow turns into a brown slush. But in the midst of the storm, it feels like something is happening, like possibilities are opening, like we’re on the verge of something. The bright white snow muffles the sound and it feels like you’re the only one left in the world.

That’s how I approached the creation of this magazine, like walking through a snowstorm. When I decided to finally take the leap and make a call for submissions, I didn’t think anyone would actually respond and that it would end before it even began. To my pleasant surprise, the submissions came rolling in and I received some amazing pieces from writers and artists in the Northeast and beyond. Deciding which to include was a struggle, but I am very proud of the fiction, non-fiction, and photography that has been put together in this issue for your enjoyment. 

Our issue starts out with the excellent photography of Marc Occil, setting the mood with the photo of “Mass and Cass” in Boston at night. Gary Duehr keeps us in Boston where thigns are not as they seem with his story “Glitch.” Samantha Barry introduces us to Kimberly Rogers, with photographs of the surfer taking on the waves on  Cape Cod. We leave the United States to hear from Karen Walker in Eastern Ontario in a story of a lost history rediscovered in “Lost at Williams St. and University Ave. W.”. David Nash takes us to the mountains and guides us on a hike with the story “Landslide.” We return to the Massachusetts surfing scene as Samantha Barry introduces us to Adam Quinn and his board shaping company located in Gloucester. Finally we end with Brandy E. Wyant’s piece “Hometown,” a reflection of what it means to be from a place and how you stay connected when you leave.

The writers and photographs assembled here are exactly why I decided to start a magazine focused on the Northeast. There are so many talented people living and creating here, a place with so much history, culture, and knowledget that deserves to be shared. I hope you enjoy our first of hopfully many issues, and that you find it to be your own personal walk in the snow.

Matt Perry