Tim Folger, hi--
I am so happy I didn't yet miss this deadline. I want to email you a literary essay of mine that was recently published in WILDNESS, a new online journal of nature writing.
The essay is called "A Brightness in Everything," by me, Mike Smith of Albuquerque.
I would describe it as a visually formatted lyric essay that's sort of like what Annie Dillard might have written if instead of being her awesome self roaming Tinker Creek, she was a depressed, divorced office worker watching the suburbanized nature of Albuquerque, New Mexico's Northeast Heights go by from the window of his 8th story copy-writing office. Most of the essay is pure description, of months of looking out a window, but of course real life creeps in as well. Its first pages literally take the form of the window itself--divided into panes--and as the essay progresses, the window closes, closing with a single, two-page, 1,581-word sentence.http://readwildness.com/transience/smith-brightness
I am currently a Pushcart-nominated essayist for an essay of mine that appeared in BOOTH, and another essay of mine, which appeared in TIN HOUSE, was featured as Notable in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2015, for what any of that may be worth to you.
I will send a pdf and a link via email ASAP as well. I love nature writing, and I love exploring the medium in new directions. I think it can be almost anything.
--Mike Smith of Albuquerque