Ecotone is published in what is now called Wilmington, North Carolina, which is located on the traditional and ancestral territory of the Waccamaw, Catawba, and Cape Fear People, among others whose names we may not know. For thousands of years, this land served as a site of community and exchange between Indigenous peoples, until settler-colonists seized it from them. Legacies of violence, oppression, dehumanization, dispossession, and settlement have intersected here, erasing names, traditions, cultures, languages, and ways of knowing. As a magazine dedicated to reimagining place, Ecotone is committed to acknowledging and trying to better understand the full history of the place where we work, write, edit, and learn.
Additionally, the larger region seized, occupied, and now known as North Carolina is the present-day home of the Coharie, Lumbee, Haliwa-Saponi, Waccamaw Siouan, and Sappony Tribes, the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, the Meherrin Indian Nation, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. We honor and respect the elders and members of the diverse Indigenous traditions connected to this territory we now occupy. As a community of writers, editors, and artists, we are personally and organizationally committed to honoring their legacies.
We offer our gratitude to Symphony D. Oxendine, assistant professor of educational leadership at UNC Wilmington’s College of Education, for her land acknowledgement for the University of North Carolina Wilmington; to the UNC Chapel Hill American Indian Center for information on Indigenous peoples in this region; and to the U. S. Department of Arts and Culture for its resources on land acknowledgment.
If you wish to consider the land where you are more closely, one place to begin is this community-sourced map from Native Land Digital: native-land.ca. For more on the practice and process of land acknowledgement, and for guidance in creating or updating your own, visit the U. S. Department of Arts and Culture at usdac.us.
Ecotone’s mission is to publish and promote the best place-based work being written today. Founded at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2005, the award-winning magazine features writing and art that reimagine place, and our authors interpret this charge expansively. An ecotone is a transition zone between two adjacent ecological communities, containing the characteristic species of each. It is therefore a place of danger or opportunity, a testing ground. The magazine explores the ecotones between landscapes, literary genres, scientific and artistic disciplines, modes of thought.
Among Ecotone’s contributors are winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, as well as MacArthur, Guggenheim, and NEA fellows. But we’re equally excited to honor new voices. Work first published in the magazine is featured in Poetry Daily, Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, Best American Science and Nature Writing, The Pushcart Prize, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, among others.
Ecotone is produced by faculty and students in the MFA program at UNC Wilmington. Along with our sister imprint, Lookout Books, we champion innovative and underrepresented work and offer UNC Wilmington students the opportunity to learn the art and craft of publishing.
Now a decade strong, Ecotone continues to celebrate our talented, diverse, award-winning contributors, who in each issue offer new takes on the art of place-based writing.
We are thankful to our community of readers, subscribers, and donors, including the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Friends of UNCW, and subscribers and individual supporters. You’ll find more information about subscribing to the magazine here, and information about joining the Friends of Ecotone can be found here. You can sign up to receive our occasional newsletter here. And if you need help with placing an order, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.