Hello, all! My name is Jesse and I’m a writer, editor, and poet living on Lekwungen/Songhees and WSÁNEĆ land. I am so excited to be guest editing this issue of antilang. on Abrupt Environments. I have degrees in English Literature and Anthropology, and you can find my writing in dozens of Canadian and U.S. publications. I know plenty of writers who hate editing—I’m not one of them! I love my red pen, and I love reading submissions. I’m so looking forward to seeing what you have to say. Quick tip: I want to see writing that is fearless, unapologetic, and urgent.
You can be my friend on Twitter @jesseholth to get a sense of what I care about.
So what exactly does “Abrupt Environments” mean? Any interpretation of this theme will happily be considered. Obviously, I’m expecting—and hoping—to see lots of work about the climate crisis. The biggest issue of our time, and a fitting topic for this issue. What is the human cost of climate chaos? How have you been affected? Maybe you have a story about dislocation, or loss of biodiversity, or drought. What do you wish people were writing about—or talking about—but aren’t?
Humans adapt. We are resilient. I want to hear stories of survival, of persevering when you thought you couldn’t. What does the future look like? What could it look like? Where do you find hope?
Send it all—the good, the bad, the ugly.
You are not screaming into the void—we are here. Listening.