Isthmus 6 Front cvr web versionOur special issue on Politics is now available!

bell hooks wrote, “For us, true speaking is not solely an expression of creative power, it is an act of resistance, a political gesture that challenges the politics of domination that would render us nameless and voiceless.”

We hope that Isthmus no 6 will create a new awareness of perspectives and voices and, in turn, ignite creative energy toward common good. Our contributors have met this challenge head-on. Some delve into the lives of the marginalized—slaves, immigrants, refugees. Others look squarely at themselves in order to make sense of the past and define a present and a future. And many address the collective “we” and the individual’s place and responsibility within that realm. (order a copy here).


Isthmus has two Notable essays in Best American Essays 2016!

“Hope, Change, Etc.” by Patrick Mainelli appeared in issue no 3, Spring/Summer 2015.

“I Slept Well If You Slept Well” by Alison Condie Jaenicke appeared in issue no 4, Fall/Winter 2015.

Follow the links above to read an excerpt.

Congratulations, Patrick and Alison!

Interview with Lisa Knopp

bread-cover-2Lisa Knopp’s new book, Bread: A Memoir of Hunger, is a hybrid of food writing, researched autobiographical writing, illness narrative, and spiritual writing. In it, she delves into how her struggles with hunger and her quest to achieve fullness led to discoveries about herself, culture, and spirituality. For a taste, start here with her interview with Thom Davis.

As a child and young adult, I felt that the place and people that I came from were bland, unremarkable, typical. I wanted to be unique, distinctive, someone you’d pay attention to. But how could I be when I came from such a typical family and from such a typical place? As a child, I believed that identity was something that one was born into (oh, to have been born being Italian or Jewish or rich!). Then, I didn’t know that identity was something one forged…. Now, I understand my disordered relationship with food, in part, as a rebellion against the circumstances I’d been born into.

Read the full interview here, on Isthmus online.