Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry, now in its third year, is the home for creative work inspired by journeys to places where there are no roads. The journal is printed on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper in a durable, compact format. It wants to go camping! If you love wild places and good words, please consider supporting our mission with a subscription for yourself and/or a wilderness-loving friend. Scroll on down for a range if ordering options. Thanks, and happy hiking!

2 for 1 Summer Sale: Deep Wild and Going Down Grand!

Purchase a copy of the 2021 issue of Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry, and receive a free copy of Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon. GDG, the first full-length collection of poems about the Grand Canyon, gathers the voices of over sixty writers, past and present, from the rim to the river and in-between. Edited by Peter Anderson and Rick Kempa, it is published by Lithic Books, whom we thank for donating these books. The two books, a $37 value, are going for $20, postage included. To order, click here:

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The 2021 issue of Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry is now available. Fifty-one writers from 23 states and four 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 of Deep Wild 2021 on our secure PayPal site, click here: .

The 2020 issue of Deep Wild is still available at a 25% discount. That’s $15.00, 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:

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