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Anna Lena Phillips Bell

Crickets, Cicadas

Lying in my tent before falling asleep, the sight of the festival grounds neatly zipped away, I still hear the layers of music filtering in. Earlier in the evening, in groups scattered among the campsites, so many fiddle and banjo…

New Years

This year Ecotone celebrates its tenth anniversary. A decade—the word carries some weight. A milestone, a monolith. But the way we’ll experience this new decade is one year, one day, one moment at a time. It is a new year…

Putting By

This fall my family gathered at my parents’ house in South Carolina for a weekend of canning. It felt fitting, in the midst of editing work for this issue, to put food by for the winter. We brought produce from…

Keeping Books

A lot of us are sad about books, worried about the printed word. At least one reason we care so much is that the work books do is so intimate, so important to human connection: they hold the words of…

Wayfaring

I once talked with an ecologist, Clinton Epps, who was studying how the wall being built at the U.S.–Mexico border might affect wildlife. A situation so hard for people was, not surprisingly, problematic for animals as well. Epps was particularly…