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Welcome to Volume 12, Bloodroot’s fifth digital edition. We have some exciting news! First, after producing four digital editions with rotating editors, Rena J. Mosteirin welcomes James E. Dobson as permanent co-editor. Dobson teaches at Dartmouth College and directs the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric. He is the author of two academic books: Modernity and Autobiography in Nineteenth Century America (Palgrave, 2017) and Critical Digital Humanities: The Search for a Methodology (Univ. of Illinois, 2019). He is the co-author, with Rena J. Mosteirin, of the creative/critical hybrid book Moonbit (punctum books, 2019) and is presently completing a book manuscript on the history of computer vision algorithms and
their applications.

The second big announcement is that we aim to get a print anthology out within the upcoming year that highlights five years of Bloodroot’s best online work. We belong to the community of writers working in the Upper Valley and we envision Bloodroot Literary Magazine and the Bloodroot anthology as ways to encourage and support this community.

Bloodroot thrives when dedicated writers send us their best new work. Our next open reading period will begin on September 15th. We have our own online submissions manager, so there is no fee to submit. If you’re an established writer looking to expand your readership, or a new writer for whom publishing seems impossible, we’re glad you found us and we look forward to reading your work in the future. We have a large audience through the website and have heard from readers around the world. In the past year, our website has had over 26,000 hits from the US, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Ukraine, France, Russia, Canada, the Netherlands, the UK, Poland, Italy, and Turkey, among others.

Receiving submissions from far and wide has become one of the most exciting aspects of running this literary magazine. Some of the work in this volume of Bloodroot celebrates the Upper Valley, while other pieces extend outside the edges of this region, and even beyond the borders of this country.

Right now, social isolation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on all of us. Connect with the people you care about by sharing a poem or story. This issue is full of gorgeous work. We are so grateful to the authors who chose to share this work with us, and now we present them to you, our cherished readers.

Help us to get Bloodroot into the hands of readers by downloading and printing out the chapbook pdf folding it up, and binding it with a staple. Make one for yourself, and then make a few for your friends. Mail them! Another way to get the word out is by sharing the link bloodrootlit.org on your social media platform of choice. Much of the web traffic we see on this site comes from social media accounts, especially Facebook and Twitter.

The Editors,

Rena J. Mosteirin & James E. Dobson

Click on a name to learn more about our contributors:

Maya Ribault

Sara Biggs Chaney

Keiselim A. Montás (Keysi)

Adella-Marie Cloutier

James Napoli

Ivy Schweitzer

Matthew Groner

William Doreski

Rebecca Siegel

Dave Celone

Charleigh Robillard

Cara Losier Chanoine

Sean J. Mahoney

Davey Ozahowski

Paul Lamar

Bridget Gage-Dixon

Louis A. Renza

A. Jay Dubberly

Mohan Pandey