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I wanted a good place to settle:
Cold Mountain would be safe.
Light wind in a hidden pine –
Listen close – the sound gets better.

In this latest iteration of our 50 year old literary journal, among the oldest in continuous publication in North Carolina, we’re drawing inspiration from the vision of its founding editor, R.T. Smith. R.T. brought together the mountains of the Appalachian Blue Ridge with the Tiantai Mountains of China when he and his cohorts, Donald Secreast, Jo Anne Eskridge, and Charles Frazier named CMR in 1972 after Gary Snyder’s translations of Han-Shan’s Cold Mountain Poems.

It’s that cosmopolitan bioregionalism we’re taking forward as we look for writing engaged with our current ecological, social, and economic challenges. A poet of the 9th century Tang Dynasty, Han-Shan has been associated with Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, but he mocked all dogmas, preferring instead the serious mischief of a hermit mountain poet. As Gary Snyder translates him,

Men ask the way to Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain: there’s no through trail.

Multi-genre and multi-perspective; local, regional, and international; featuring the established, the neglected, and the emerging: Cold Mountain Review aims to recapture strands of its founding vision as well as to offer new and innovating ideas about place, sustainability, writing, and art. Come join us as we create the serious mischief of cultural change. As Han-Shan bids us

Try and make it to Cold Mountain.

Gary Snyder Riprap & Cold Mountain Poems

Mark Powell

Katherine Abrams

Assistant Editor
Jessie Gada

Nonfiction Editor
Zackary Vernon

Editorial Board
Sandra Ballard, Joseph Bathanti, Craig Fisher, Bruce Dick, Lynn Doyle, Sarah Beth Hopton, Alex Pitofsky

Advisory Board
Houston A. Baker, Martin Espada, Brendan Galvin, Jaki Shelton Green, Lee Gutkind, Ed Madden, Heather Ross Miller, Robert Morgan, Simon Ortiz, Nancy Huddleston Packer, Minnie Bruce Pratt, R.T. Smith, Al Young

Cold Mountain Review is published once a year in the Department of English at Appalachian State University. Support from Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs and College of Arts and Sciences enables CMR’s learning and publications program. The views and opinions expressed in CMR do not necessarily reflect those of university trustees, administration, faculty, students, or staff.