Heirlooms mark the places we’ve been, the places our people have been. They point us toward where we’re going. They are our placeholders, our stacks of stones, reminding us of what’s important. They are our heritage.
In this issue, our contributors share their own heirlooms with us. There’s the farmer’s dirt that “creams like black butter” between fingers, the girl holding her face in her hands, dead ladybugs that point us toward the Promised, the fossilized leaf. There’s string music, and teaching our daughters and sons the word “pray.” And there are hard things, too: dysfunction, poor genes, cancer. These are the things our contributors invite us to transform into beauty. In doing so, we leave behind a heritage richer and more lovely than before.
FEATURING Meggie Monahan, David Spiering, Lili Wright, Katie Taylor Frisch + 2012 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize judged by Leslie Leyland Fields, winner Jessica Wilbanks