Fiction & Poetry
Pulitzer Prize–winner Forrest Gander partnered with artist Ashwini Bhat to create this work, the collaborators’ first for Alta.
Read a short story about an artist in search of understanding and the mysterious man who seems to offer it.
D.A. Powell's 'Summons' is one of three of his poems to appear in Alta‘s Summer 2020 issue.
D.A. Powell, a Bay Area writer and educator, finds poetry in America’s favorite pastime.
Matthew Zapruder constructs—and deconstructs—a new poem for the late Joanne Kyger.
Fresno's Sara Borjas is the author of Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff.
Borjas might live in Los Angeles, but the poet, author, and educator stays forever rooted in Fresno.
In this story by Charlie Jane Anders, a time traveler learns that the way to imagine a better future is to build one.
A young man’s mad, burning love for a married woman is requited in this story from Dagoberto Gilb.
Tess Taylor reflects on a painful past in this poem from her forthcoming collection, Rift Zone.
Jane Hirshfield is a Bay Area-based poet, essayist, and translator. Her newest book, Ledger: Poems, will be published in 2020.
Watching the dissolution of her parents’ relationship, a butcher’s daughter learns lessons about life and love.