We are absolutely thrilled to revitalize a tradition of Indian Springs. To those of you who are familiar with Indian Springs School, you would know how on rainy Alabama days, Springs can sometimes become a swampland. Thus came the main inspiration for our magazine: The Mire. A mire is defined as a stretch of swampy or boggy ground but it’s also more than that. A mire is also a situation or state of difficulty, distress, or embarrassment from which it is hard to extricate oneself.
Our goal for this magazine is to publish thought-provoking literature for a young adult audience– teens who find themselves in situations of difficulty, distress, and embarrassing moments frequently (I,myself, am the queen of embarrassing situations). For this founding issue, we only have work from Indian Springs students but we hope to expand in the future. We couldn’t think of a better way to open than with Sarah Jane Hay’s essay, A Collection of Firsts which explores both typical and atypical coming-of-age moments against larger environmental changes and the narrator’s desire to change herself. This issue continues to explore the mires of teenagedom with poetry and prose by Kendall Owens, who in her work dives into the sharp moments of realization, presents ordinary images than become extraordinary that needle your imagination as you process her words. We’re also going to publish college essays. This isn’t done. And we thought that a young adult magazine this was necessary and important for our transition from high school to next steps. College essays force you to truly think about how and why you are the person you are (a mire if we do say so ourselves). We’re delighted to publish some including one by Charlie Zhang about his connection to learning and his family from Alabama to China. We have work that captures our friends in surprising portraits– Hyo In Park’s Portrait of Ian— and also an essay that surprises us in structure by delivering an intriguing essay in the shape of a test– Emma Wang’s All of the Above. From Maya Shimamura , a short story about sound and how that represents the connections and changes we embark on during our lives. We admire these pieces as they have moved us, transformed us. We hope they do the same for you.