change until we do.” I’m a Feldenkrais
practitioner, and therefore I’m called
to bring myself and those with whom
I work to their own “change-points” in
very concrete circumstances. So far, I’ve
learned that our changes never come
automatically and rarely easily. When
these steps toward change are taken,
however, they can consistently lead to
a person’s desired well-being, which
manifests in many dimensions. So, your
words have given me a far larger context for what I want—and not only for
myself. May we all come to understand
that our own di=icult change-points are
steps we take not for ourselves alone, but
in fact for the ongoing health and richer
life of our beautiful Earth-home and all
— Joan McMillen
Note: The above letters and comments have
been edited for space constraints.
Orion Features Editor Scott Gast was
a judge for the 2018 Ellie Awards (the
National Magazine Awards for Print and
Digital Media). See the full list of winners
and finalists at www.ellieawards.com.
This issue is the last that we will have
the good fortune to have Scott as Orion’s
features editor. He begins a new position
this spring as a book editor at the Uni-
versity of Chicago. We wish him the best
in all his endeavors, and are grateful for
his many years at Orion.
Orion sta= hosted an environmental
writing panel and a booth at the 2018
AWP Conference in Tampa, Florida, this
March. It was such a pleasure to meet
Orion subscribers and writers in person.
Join us for next year’s AWP Conference
in Portland, Oregon.
In March, Orion sta= also hosted a booth
at the Tucson Festival of Books. Thank
you to everyone who came by to say hello.
Orion has a new o=ice in Northampton,
Massachusetts, an expansion from its
long-time headquarters in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Current o=ice
dogs Bunny and Cusco give it a paws-up.
We asked Orion subscribers to give us
input on Spring 2018 cover images. With
our subscribers’ very thoughtful comments in mind, we chose Bjorn Olesen’s
“Spectacled Spiderhunter.” Make sure we
have your most current email address
by going to www.orionmagazine.org
/email-update, so you can participate in
similar conversations in the future!
Orion Poetry Editor Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s new collection of poems,
Oceanic, launches this April from Cop-
per Canyon Press and has been named
one of Publishers Weekly’s top ten poetry
titles for Spring 2018. Her poem “Invita-
tion” (from Oceanic) has been selected to
appear in the Best American Poetry 2018.
April is National Poetry Month! Follow us
on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to
see how Orion is celebrating poetry about
nature and the environment in 2018.
This June, we will host the annual Orion
Environmental Writers’ Workshop at the
Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.
Thank you to all who applied. See our web-site for details about next year’s workshop.
Our prose submission period will be open
from April 1 through June 30 this year.
Please review our submission guidelines
at www.orionmagazine/submissions. We
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