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Come One, Come All, Readers of the Valley: Issue 7 of Barstow & Grand is Out

Eau Claire-based literary journal’s annual issue available for those who hunger for prose and poetry

Carlee Shimek |

SEVEN IS HEAVEN. Eau Claire's literary magazine, Barstow & Grand, recently released its seventh issue. (Photos via Facebook)

For all literary enthusiasts of the Chippewa Valley and the Upper Midwest, Issue 7 of Barstow & Grand is out and about, ready for readers’ eyes!

Founded by local author Eric Rasmussen and created each year thanks to the efforts of local literary lovers, Barstow & Grand highlights the poets and writers of the Chippewa Valley and the surrounding region. 

“I hope people read this and are impressed with the quality of writers we have in the area,” Rasmussen said. “I love the writers in our area and hope the readers develop that appreciation as well.”

Issue 7 has some beloved stories and poems of Midwest nature and culture, along with a few expansive pieces, one set in the La Brea Tar Pits of Los Angeles and another of a fantasy town that falls into the void. With a diverse set of stories and writers, there’s something for everyone in this latest literary collection. 

“I think a lot of people appreciate living in an area that supports the arts and artists; this is definitely a way to help that process,” Rasmussen said. 

Barstow & Grand highlights the literary spectrum of the artistic world from which Eau Claire draws much of its identity. You can stop by The Local Store to pick up a copy today or order one online.

Barstow & Grand is always excited to have pieces of writing submitted during the spring. The submission window for Issue 8 opens March 1, 2024!

To learn more about Barstow & Grand and to order Issue 7 or any past issues, visit barstowandgrand.com.