The Hopper is a lively environmental literary magazine from Green Writers Press that strives towards an invigorated understanding of nature's place in human life. The annual publication is part of a new phase in nature writing that seeks to include a modern consciousness in narratives of place.
When used for cider making, a hopper is a wooden or metal box that collects fruits before they are funneled down through a chute to the crusher. In old Vermont towns, it was common for the community of growers to share one cider press instead of each farmer purchasing and maintaining his or her own. Come fall, people would cart their apples or pears to the farm that kept the mill, and into the hopper their fruits would go―often mixing with the products of a neighboring grower.
The Hopper believes that in order to refashion our lives to accommodate the knowledge we have of our environmental crisis, we have a lot of cultural heavy lifting to do. To reacquaint ourselves meaningfully with the natural world we have to turn our interpretive, inquisitive, and inspired faculties upon it. Through what we publish and the communities we encourage, The Hopper seeks to be a leader in this cultural re-centering and can be used for environmental education and discussion.
Our second annual print issue features:
Fiction by Eliza McGowen, Michael Smith, and Ben Goldfarb.
Nonfiction by Tyra Olstad, Melynda Fuller, Andrew Furman, and JoeAnn Hart.
Art by Mona Shomali, Brian D. Cohen, Kerry R. Thompson, Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier, Aris Katsilakis, and Alyssa Irizarry.
Poetry by Hannah Mae Bissell, Stephen Siperstein, Ted Kooser, Eric Fisher Stone, Don Thompson, Matthew James Babcock, Noah Davis, Mary Newell, Donna O’Connell-Gilmore, Todd Davis, David Axelrod, and Susan Richardson.
Our first annual print issue features:
Fiction by Benjamin Goodridge and Jeffrey Flannery.
Nonfiction by Jenny Ruth, Cynthia Scott Wandler, Kristen M. Ploetz, Kayann Short, Talley V. Kayser, and Brett Ann Stanciu.
Art by Brian D. Cohen, William C. Crawford, Alyssa Irizarry, Jenny Kendler, Sam Mass, Caroline Miller, Meghan Rigali, and Natalie Vestin.
Poetry by Stephen Siperstein, Ellen Elkins Radcliffe, Maggie Blake Bailey, Alexis Lathem, J.D. Smith, Grant McClure, Jim Lewis, Farzana Marie, and Don Thompson.