Coming Soon: Deep Wild 2022!

The 2022 issue of Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry, due out this June, offers our largest gathering yet of writing inspired by places where there are no roads, by 25 poets, 6 fiction writers, and 20 essayists—including the winners of the Deep Wild Graduate Student Essay Contest. Also featured is a portfolio of multi-media work by California-based artist Andie Thrams. The cover art is by Utah artist Bessann Swanson. To pre-order your copy, click here:

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Subscriptions will begin with the 2022 issue, unless you email us at to request otherwise. If you are extending a current subscription, we will add it on.

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Ordering Options: Click on any of the Buy Now links for a secure credit card or PayPal transaction. (You do not need a PayPal account to do this.) If you prefer not to use PayPal for your order, you can send a check to Rick Kempa, 2309 Broadway, Grand Junction, CO 81507

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One for You, One for a Friend $35

Treat yourself and a friend to a copy of the 2022 issue! We can mail either to one address or two. If two, simply enter one address in the order form , and email us the other address at We will contact you for this info if we do not hear from you. To order, click here:

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Treat yourself to over 470 pages of wild writing and artwork by 140 contributors–hikers, skiers, kayakers, canoers, climbers, trail runners, horseback riders–by ordering Deep Wild 2020, 2021, and 2022. To order, click here:

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Get all four issues of Deep Wild Journal, including the rare 2019 issue. That’s over 600 pages of writing and artwork inspired by journeys to the backcountry–more than you can shake your hiking stick at! To order, click here:

Canyon Lovers Special: Deep Wild 2021 and Going Down Grand $20

Going Down Grand, the first full-length collection of poems about the Grand Canyon, gathers the voices of over sixty writers, past and present. Deep Wild 21 contains, among its many pleasures, two essays from the river and another from the drylands of Escalante.

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Deep Wild Sticker: Every copy of Deep Wild Journal includes a handsome sticker, suitable for your water bottle or other gear. We would also be happy to send you one separately; simply email us at with your name and address and request. A donation of a dollar would be cool (see link below), but is by no means required.

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The 2021 issue of Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry is available for $14.00, 30% off the usual price. In this issue, fifty-one writers from 23 states and 4 continents take us to their favorite wild places. We journey far afield, to New Zealand, China and South Africa. Stateside, we hike the AT and the PCT, canoe in Alaska and the Everglades, and bushwhack high in the Rockies and deep in the Grand Canyon. Interior art by Jon Janosik: drawings of wild birds. To order your copy on our secure PayPal site, click here: .

The 2020 issue of Deep Wild is available at a 60% discount. That’s $8.00, domestic shipping included. The 2020 issue contains 150 pages of creative work by 41 writers and two artists, each of them sharing insights and experiences from the backcountry. Cover art is by Susan Marsh of Jackson, Wyoming, and interior drawings, “Anasazi Artwork,” by Kat Manton-Jones of Tucson. To order your copy of Deep Wild 2020, click here:


Your support is crucial to our success. Deep Wild is a not-for-profit enterprise. We depend on subscriptions and donations for our existence. We do not charge writers to submit their work, nor do we solicit ads. The editors—wilderness-lovers all—receive no compensation other than the satisfaction of ushering the journal into print. If you too are a lover of wild places and good words, please consider a subscription for yourself and/or a friend, or a donation.

Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted and will be acknowledged on our website and in our printed publications. To make a donation using a credit card or a Paypal account, click on the link below. Donations may also be mailed to Rick Kempa, 2309 Broadway, Grand Junction, CO 81507.

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