About The Southwest Journal
The Southwest Journal (SWJ) is a blog dedicated to capturing the vibrant, shifting, elusive – and yet determined character of the southwest through creative writing about lands, community, and the inter-connectedness of people, environment, economics, and policy.
Among the themes we hope to capture are nature, recreation, and the environment; personal narrative and stories, the American spirit, and the shifting politics, policies, and laws affecting the people and the landscape of the southwest. We seek to present diverse voices in a creative, sophisticated, and well-founded format.
This is not a news site and should not be mistaken for one. News worthy events discussed on this site will be done in either a scholarly or artistic manner, or as well-researched arguments, analysis, and opinion. We are dedicated to truth and honesty and so anything published will pass ethical standards of such. Arguments and opinions are allowed to be biased (as that is the inherent nature of both) but they must be well-founded. They are open for vigorous debate.
Our mission is the Writer’s Prayer written by Wallace Stegner:
“Lord, let me grow into such a man or woman who has something to say! Let me be one of those that Henry James speaks of, one of those ‘upon whom nothing is lost.’ Let understanding and wisdom be engraved on my mind as deep as the lines of living on a wise and weathered face. Teach me to love and teach me to be humble and let me learn to respect human differences, human privacy, human dignity, human pain. And then let me find the words to say it so it can’t be overlooked and can’t be forgotten.”
If you are interested in contributing please contact us below with your information and “Submission” in the comment section. Thanks for reading and for supporting the SWJ.