The Fourth River

Announcing Tributaries: The New Nature

By on September 1, 2017

A year ago we launched Tributaries, a weekly web series that “showcases the brief and the inspiring, that which sustains us and takes us through unexpected courses.” We’re proud of the work that has found its way onto our front page. The current has been strong and refreshing.

Today, the river has branched again, carrying us into an exciting new space. We are thrilled to announce that beginning September 1, 2017, Tributaries will be a guest-edited feature with new guidelines offered for each editor’s singular vision.

We are honored to welcome Ira Sukrungruang as our first Tributaries Editor for the fall, 2017 semester. Ira’s selections will appear on the front page beginning in October.

Ira Sukrungruang is the author of the memoirs Southside Buddhist and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy, the short story collection The Melting Season, and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night. He is the coeditor of two anthologies on the topic of obesity: What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. He is the recipient of the 2015 American Book Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship, and the Emerging Writer Fellowship. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Post Road, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is one of the founding editors of Sweet: A Literary Confection, and teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida.

Read on for more information and for submission guidelines.

Tributaries: The New Nature

Editorial Statement, Ira Sukrungruang:

Where do we, writers of color and the LGBTQ community, find ourselves in this landscape of the natural/unnatural world. Tributaries wants to see pieces that explore the relationship between the individual and place, both in conflict and in harmony. We want writers to engage with place in a variety of ways–place and fear, place and isolation, place and solace, place and violence. We live on a planet where grey is the new green, where buildings are new trees, and where concrete is grass. 


Writers of color or members of the LGBTQ community may submit one poem or up to 500 words of nonfiction prose that addresses the editorial statement above.

Multiple submissions are not accepted. Please submit one piece at a time and wait to hear back before submitting again.

Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you notify us immediately.

We do not accept previously published work.

DEADLINE: October 15, 2017


Click to Submit to Tributaries: The New Nature now!