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Ground frozen, fields cover-cropped, animals fattened: what’s a farmer/gardener to do but transform their winter hibernating horsepower into fertile bursts of art? This is what founder, editor and farmer, Evan Driscoll intends to capture in his new Portland-based art and agriculture quarterly zine, Running With Pitchforks.
Through fiction, creative non-fiction, images and interviews, Running With Pitchforks will “tackle the mental landscape of farming,” giving farmers an outlet for their work and readers a window into the urban agrarian mind (Do we really want to know what’s going on in there?).
When asked about the origins of this new literary seed, Driscoll remarked that, “being around urban farmers and gardeners for a couple years now, I’ve come to find that most involved are very creative people – it’s a profession / hobby that demands utilizing creativity daily. Not only are these people growing great food, but creating great art as well."
Still accepting applications until January 15th (see guidelines and details on the website), promised features include an interview with past Urban Growth Bounty instructors Connor Voss and Sarah Brown of Diggin Roots Farm, contemplations on the vomitous nature of writing and possibly even a mutant compost horror story.
So keep a lid on your compost bins folks and harness your inner artsy/angsty/analytic agrarian within. Send your crème de la crop to Evan and stay tuned for the first edition sometime this winter.