Spire, conservation & sustainability journal, to release seventh issue for Earth Day

Spire: The Maine Journal of Conservation and Sustainability will release its seventh and largest issue online April 21 in anticipation of Earth Day.  

Spire is a graduate student-run, interdisciplinary online journal based at the University of Maine, and it features environmental art, poetry and essays from contributors across the state, including students, staff and alumni.

This seventh issue, which will be available on Spire’s website, contains original poetry by Maine residents on production, consumption, and waste and wildlife management in the Anthropocene. The issue also includes academic articles about the global climate commons and the importance of mutualism in ecological relations, as well as essays, short stories, photography, artwork and sculptures all sharing diverse perspectives on the nature of Maine’s environments. Artwork on the cover is by Leslie Moore, whose linoleum block print sheds light on the life of coyotes in Maine ecosystems.

The editor in chief for Spire’s seventh issue is Dominic Piacentini, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology & environmental policy, who will be graduating this year. Cora Saddler, a master’s student in English, will be the editor-in-chief of Spire’s eighth issue to be released next year.

The submission deadline for Spire’s eighth issue and cover art contest will be Feb. 1, 2024. Submissions to the journal are accepted on an ongoing basis. More information on how to submit to Spire can be found here. For questions about the journal or joining the Spire team, email spire@maine.edu.