Fall 2021/Issue 17

Alta Journal's Fall 2021 issue includes a deep dive into some of the most ground-breaking art from the West, new fiction, environmental pioneers, dozens (and dozens) of book titles from Alta contributors, a special insert devoted to the work of poet Jim Harrison, and much more.

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Publisher’s Note:The Poet As a Storyteller

By Will Hearst

Real Truths About Homeschooling

By Catherine Womack

The Secret Waterways of Los Angeles

By Denise Hamilton

Swimming With Sharks

By Katharine Gammon

Utah’s Uranium King

By Julian Smith

A School for Indigenous Children Rewrites Its Charter

By Robert Ito

Discovering the Prehistoric West

By Robert Roper

Art Section

San Francisco Embraces Judy Chicago Again

By Bridget Quinn

Matt Black Photographs the Ubiquity of Poverty

By Jessica Zack

Alta Picks: California’s Off-the-Wall Art

By Jessica Blough, Nasim Ghasemiyeh, and Sarah Stodder

LACMA Reimagines Itself for the 21st Century

By Hunter Drohojowska-Philp

William T. Wiley, the Metaphysical Funk Monk

By Charles Desmarais

Q&A: Dave Hickey on the Problem With Art Critics

By Jim Lewis


BOOK GUIDE: 83 Titles by ALTA JOURNAL Contributors

California Book Club’s Fall Authors on Why They Write

By Maxine Hong Kingston, Tommy Orange, and Héctor Tobar

Larry McMurtry’s Literature of Place

By David L. Ulin

Special Insert: The Last Books of Jim Harrison

The L.A. Women who champion Natural Wines

By Sydney Love

Finding Killer Texas BBQ in Orange County

By Gustavo Arellano

How Anna Halprin Changed Postmodern Dance

By Carla Blank

Fiction: “Sleep Nights”

By Blaise Zerega

The Visionary Behind Outdoor Afro

By Jessica Klein



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