Winter 2021/Issue 14

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Publisher’s Note: Art, Beauty, and Passion

By Will Hearst

Rethinking Prisons

By Lydia Lee

Poetry: “Proof” • “Preface to a Photograph—Delano, CA 1976

By James Cagney

Watching Birds as They Watch Us

By Jason G. Goldman

Sister Aimee Is Born Again

By Carla Blank

Tragedy on the Pacific Crest Trail

By Louise Farr

Alta Picks: Fisherpoets GatheringSalmon WatchingAIR/LIGHT

End-of-Life Hymns

By Elaine Lee

Special Section: A Year Like No Other

Photographers across the West capture 2020

A House of Refuge—or Horrors?

By Julia Flynn Siler • Photos by Penni Gladstone

Crying for the Oakland Blues

By Ishmael Reed • Photos by Jason Henry

Excerpts: Winter Reads


By David L. Ulin

A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky

By Lynell George

1181 Durfee Avenue

By Michael Jaime-Becerra

America is Not the Heart

By Elaine Castillo

Three Questions for Elaine Castillo

By John McMurtrie

My Father's Frontal Lobe

By Victoria Change

Desert Notebooks

By Ben Ehrenreich


By Roberto Lovato

The History of Fire

By Linda Hogan

The Sellout

By Paul Beatty

Three Questions for Paul Beatty

By John McMurtrie

The Bath

By Karen Tei Yamashita

Try Not to Die

By Ken Layne


By Nina Revoyr

Three Questions for Nina Revoyr

By John McMurtrie

"Recollections of My Nonexistence"

By Rebecca Solnit

L.A.’s Black Woodstock

By Mike Davis and Jon Wiener

The Myth of the Mythic West

By John Freeman

POETRY: “Portrait of a Bracero as José Olivares

By John Olivares Espinoza

Is Copperopolis a Total Crock?

By Lydia Lee • Photos by Christie Hemm Klok

Murder on Crater Lake

By Julian Smith • Illustrations by Mark Smith

Archiving Black Film History

By Robert Ito

FICTION: “Larry’s Biggest Mistake

By Carribean Fragoza • Illustrations by Victor Juhasz

A Woeful Road Trip

By Lydia Kiesling

Contest: Alta Wants to See Your Photos!


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