“Deer in the Poppies” from Playing with (Wild)fire, Torrey House Press, copyright © 2024 by Laura Pritchett.

“I’ve Been Feeling a Lot Like an Edward Hopper Painting Lately” from Pentimento, Black Lawrence Press, copyright © 2024 by Joshua Garcia. Copyright © 2024 by Joshua Garcia. Printed with permission of Joshua Garcia.

“Rootwoman One,” “Our Mountains,” and “Get Up the Nerve” originally appeared in Nahuatl and Spanish in Martín Tonalmeyotl’s Tlalkatsajtsilistle/Ritual de los Olvidados, Jaguar Ediciones, 2019. Copyright © 2019 by Martín Tonalmeyotl. Reprinted by permission of Martín Tonalmeyotl.

“Walking the Cat” from After, Paul Dry Books, copyright © 2024 by Geoffrey Brock. Printed with permission of Geoffrey Brock.


Ecotone (issn 1553-1775) is published twice yearly by the Department of Creative Writing and The Publishing Laboratory at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. We are grateful for funding from the UNCW Department of Creative Writing and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The short stories in this issue are works of fiction. Names, characters, places, events, and incidents are products of the authors’ imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual events is entirely coincidental. The views expressed in this magazine do not necessarily reflect those of its editors or sponsors.


Art Credits

Page 16-17 (“Salamander Brigade”) © Tristan Steffe; pages 40-41 (“The The The The”) © Grace Robins-Somerville; pages 54-55 (“Manual for Talking to Plants”) © Edgar Castrejon via Unsplash; page 73 and cover, Title (“Juan’s Transcendent Hope”) © Perla Segovia; page 79 (“Slipstream”) © Milad Fakurian via Unsplash; pages 94-95 (“Aversions”) © Cesar La Rosa via Unsplash; pages 122-123 (“Deer in the Poppies”) © Tristan Steffe; pages 134-135 (“Love Songs in Other Languages”) © Raghav Verma via Unsplash, © Joel Durkee via Unsplash


Ecotone is set in Bell Gothic and Janson. This issue is printed on B18 Trade Book Antique and bound in uncoated Via Vellum Bright White, by Sheridan Press, an FSC-certified company, in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

Cover design by Michael Ramos.