Inverness Almanac invites wisdom

05/01/2014

One night every week, a cohort of West Marin’s scarce 20 and 30-somethings gather in an office above the Old Western Saloon. The walls bear evidence of their twin focus on the land and the arts: a six-by-four foot United States Geological Survey map of the peninsula, shelves of poetry, literature and field guides, a poster of native California plants. The group plans to unite these passions in a forthcoming journal, the Inverness Almanac, which they hope will reflect the community’s wisdom, knowledge and connection with the land. It will serve as a functional, local almanac as well as an arts publication. The group in charge, roughly half a dozen young organizers, is currently soliciting submissions; they want to distribute quarterly, in tune with the four seasons, beginning in the spring of 2015. Jordan Atanat, a 31-year-old who lives in Point Reyes Station, said the idea for the publication came to him about a year ago. He enlisted the help of a few friends, including Ben Livingston, who explained what drew him in. “The Almanac represents the things about this place that I find so special. It was always meant to be land-based. That was what I wanted to explore. The people’s connection to the land and the mysteries, and doing so in a cool way,” he said. Essays, poems, stories, art, photography, local history, interviews and more will stand alongside a tide log and other features of the day—what might be blooming or migrating, for example. Although the organizers hope submissions will explore connections to land or life in West Marin, people can interpret those instructions creatively, Mr. Livingston said. “The land is pretty broad. Land is the sky too, and our minds.” Submissions may be sent to invernessalmanac@gmail.com or P.O. Box 712, Inverness, CA 94937.