New Projects, New Beginnings: Paperbark Literary Magazine

Let’s start a Lit Mag!

Writing this blog has been my main creative outlet for the past four years, and it’s been such a wonderful ride. I’ve been mostly absent this fall, and I swear I’ve got a good excuse – my colleagues and I are closer than ever to launching a new literary magazine called Paperbark.

Paperbark is a lit mag focused on sustainable living. Most scientists I know are also artists, and most artists I know have a keen interest in the sciences, myself included. I don’t think this is coincidence- there’s something about human consciousness that drives this confluence. Paperbark wants to sit squarely in the middle of these conversations.

I was a founding member of this magazine over two years ago. I had the privilege of leading a staff of 6 (later, 7) graduate students and a team of faculty advisors, along with my friend Lauren de la Parra, our current Editor in Chief. We’re closer than ever to launch – we have a robust business plan, professional design work, big commitments from the University of Massachusetts Library and several other departments, and a publishing date of Earth Day 2018. To date, we’ve raised over $50,000 to make this magazine as professional, polished, and widely distributed as possible.

Want to get involved?

We’re looking for help from people like you — people who care about the environment, and people who want to be active voices for change in our society. If this project (and this blog!) resonates with you, we want you to join our team.

We’re currently fundraising for our printing costs, and after just a week, we’re at 50% of our goal. The impact of every donation is doubled thanks to a generous matching donation from the Department of Humanities and Fine Arts at UMass.

You can help make this project happen with a small donation. There’s no minimum, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Here’s a link to our Fundraising Page:

Thanks for supporting my blog, and thank you for being a partner in this new endeavor.

I’ll be back soon with more bike and travel talk. In the meantime, follow my activity on Instagram (@mdilthey) and follow Paperbark at!

Keep Writing,

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