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Volume 16, Issue 1 () The Coral Issue

“We need the imagination to have fairy tales, but will the imagination survive the extinction of coral?” Kate Bernheimer recently wrote... “As long as we have threatened species, the imagination is also threatened.” But that observation works both ways. So long as we fail to imagine the stories of life in its numerous and diverse manifestations, species will be threatened. The current climate crisis is, at its heart, a failure of imagination. And if we have previously failed to imagine the depth and scope of the problem, going forward we must not fail to imagine the depth and scope ofthe solution. Thankfully, those of us familiar with fairy tales and myths will find ourselves at an advantage, for these stories have long challenged us to expand our perception and preconceived notions of what is possible.

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The Coral Issue

Founding Editor
Kate Bernheimer, University of Arizona
Prose Editor
Benjamin Schaefer
Poetry Editor
Jon Riccio
Advisory Board
Donald Haase, Wayne State University
Maria Tatar, Harvard University
Jack Zipes, University of Minnesota
Associate Prose Editors
Wendy Oleson, Cat Powell
Associate Poetry Editors
Nazli Pearl, Matthew Schmidt, Billie R. Tadros
Original Print Design
J. Johnson, DesignFarm
Cover Art
Kiki Smith, "Born"
(courtesy of the artist)
Layout
Tara Reeser