Ecotone defines itself as the magazine for reimagining place, a claim that deserves to be applauded as a rare instance of truth in contemporary advertising. In an age where place has never seemed more tenuous and abstract, it’s hard to conceive of a more relevant mission for a literary magazine.
—Ben Fountain, from the foreword
Astoria to Zion is a dazzling literary showcase of veterans and new voices that offers all that readers have come to expect from Ecotone. While conjuring and exploring wildly varied places, this collection stakes out a stellar one of its own.
—Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life
These stories care deeply about the physical world—sea, fire, city,
countryside—but their concerns also press into every corner of
existence—politics, love, regret, ambition. Heirs to Whitman, the
collective voices are beautiful, soulful, crushing, and intelligent.
—Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat
I started to say what a stellar and concentrated selection of
stories compose this fine book, stories full of all of our hope and
danger and unease, but I’m just going to offer this simple note: this is
a book I’ll hand to my friends when they want to know where the short
story is thriving.
—Ron Carlson, author of Return to Oakpine