West Marin Review
Post Office Box 1302
Point Reyes Station, California 94956
I was thrilled that the first edition of the West Marin Review included “Seasons,” the first story I have ever published. Although I am a veteran filmmaker with 6 independent films under my belt, I was extremely happy that WMR chose to publish my story, particularly because it is one of the most visual, best laid-out literary magazines out there. The WMR editors helped me refine the writing, and the process was productive, even enjoyable. I helped organize a series of readings, including one standing-room-only event during San Francisco’s annual Litquake. In the process, I got to know a number of the writers, editors and supporters of the WMR and came away with an enduring sense of community.
—Nancy Kelly, Writer/Director/Producer
The West Marin Review journal has greatly supported the submission of rural student artwork both at the elementary and secondary level through the years. Being able to share artwork in this forum has been a unique, memorable, and exciting experience for our students. From Pinhole photography to mixed media design, the West Marin Review has shown an appreciation for the creative process of students. It has been an honor to work with such a visually beautiful journal and to expose students to the professional process of being published.
—Rachel E. Somerville, Fine Arts educator, Tomales High School (2010)
I have been honored to be published in the West Marin Review. As an author with well over 500 published pieces to date, my experience with the volunteer group producing this publication has been uniformly positive, and the journal itself is a beautifully-produced publication. I find both the written and graphic presentation to be very nicely done, and I really enjoy the mix of contributors, from the renowned to the first-published. I truly hope it thrives, even if I never appear there again—and yes, I have had work rejected there as well!
—Steve Heilig, author, epidemiologist, environmentalist, and ethnomusicologist
I have the West Marin Review to thank for re-affirming my long-dormant poetic strivings. I was lucky enough to have one of my poems selected for the first issue. Energized by that validation, I went back to poetry as one of my too-many sidelines and have enjoyed the relapse quite a bit. Aside from benefitting my life, the WMR has obviously done a lot of good for others as well. Just as consuming locally grown greens makes sense, so does consuming locally produced prose, poetry, and visuals.
—John Korty, documentary filmmaker
From my first glimpse of the first issue of WMR (and at its reading at Litquake), I set my sights on getting a poem published there. Although California’s natural beauty and rich environmental treasures are world-renowned, we did not have a way specifically to celebrate it in writing and art until WMR opened its doors. WMR’s editorial focus on the environment and on the natural world fills an important gap for writers and artists wanting to showcase their work and for a community hungry to receive it.
—Rebecca Foust, Poet Laureate/Marin County, poet and author of All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song (2008 Many Mountains Moving Prize), Mom’s Canoe (2008 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize), Dark Card (2007 Phillips Prize), and God, Seed (Tebot Bach Press)
West Marin Review is a wonderful, lively reflection of the arts, and is an important contributor to the ongoing creativity of our times. Supporting the Review is a gift to everyone.
—Susan Hall, artist