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Issue 125, Summer 2024

“We selected stories that speak to the rituals used to witness and maintain an open channel between humanity and all beings in the natural world.”

Danielle Amir Jackson, “Editor’s Letter: Blooms, Greens, and Portals

For Summer 2024, Oxford American presents the Outside Issue, dedicated to the outdoors of our region and to the environmental experiences of our people. James Beard-winning writer Michael Adno reports on the mysterious practice of worm grunting in the Florida panhandle, C. J. Bartunek tells the story of one of Georgia’s first legal marijuana production facilities, and Tauheed Rahim II digs into family history and excavates a present-day battle with an agency seeking to acquire his family’s property in North Memphis. Other stories cover a fishing rodeo in deep South Louisiana and James Baldwin’s friendship with the Alabaman artist Fred Nall Hollis. The Outside Issue also includes a new polyptych of poems by Allison Pitinii Davis, a conversation between novelist Mesha Maren and photographer Julie Rae Powers, plus more writings and visual works that explore connections between land, people, and place.







Editor’s Letter: Blooms, Greens, and Portals
By Danielle Amir Jackson

POINTS SOUTH


Dear Queen
The land that saved you, Mama
By Tauheed Rahim II

Reign of the Silver King
By Christina Leo

Clearing Ground in Georgia’s New Cannabis Country
By C. J. Bartunek

Suffering Embarrassments in a Small Town
By DW McKinney

FEATURES


THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY
Searching for James Baldwin in Alabama
By Anna Venarchik

BRACKISH WATER
How the TVA deals with the living and the dead
By Austyn Gaffney

OUTSKIRTS
Poems by Allison Pitinii Davis

THE WORM CHARMERS
A Florida family coaxes earthworms from the forest floor
By Michael Adno

OMNIVORE


AN ARCHIVE OF ONE’S OWN
A conversation with photographer Julie Rae Powers
Q&A by Mesha Maren

WILD LUNCH
Edible botanicals, documented with an artist’s eye
Images by Jimmy Fike


ART BY: Melissa Alcena, Tom Anholt, Maud Madsen, Chie Gondo, Candace Caston, Joachim Koester, Alayna N. Pernell, Beauford Delaney, Steve Schapiro, Yves Coatsaliou, Morgan Hornsby, Jeannine Swallow, Chloe Chiasson, Julie Rae Powers, Jimmy Fike

COVER: Ellie, a photograph by Melissa Alcena © The artist. Courtesy TERN Gallery, Nassau, The Bahamas. Alcena’s book People of the Sun was published in May by KGP, and is included in their new ten-volume photobook box set LOST IV