As part of our mission to celebrate regional work, including the people, places, and plants of our bio-region, Left Fork Books is proud to serve as the exclusive publisher of all print editions of Cobra Lily.
Cobra Lily is a review of art and literature, focusing on the cultural and natural environs of Southwest Oregon. We seek to promote voices from this region, as well as voices outside the area which speak to the natural rhythms and experience of life here. Why Cobra Lily? The carnivorous pitcher plant exists most abundantly in Southwest Oregon. This native plant has distinctively adapted to thrive in our region. We draw inspiration from this plant because we dare to be as unique, publishing the diverse writers and artists of Southwest Oregon’s extraordinary landscape and culture.
The first online issue was released on June 21, 2014 and print Issue One, compiling the first four online issues, was released in May 2015. Issue One features the work of the following artists (in order of appearance): Gary Lark, Pepper Trail, Melissa Matthewson, Patty Wixon, Scott T. Starbuck, ‘Buckwheat Bob’ Harrison, John Noland, Rhonda Lynn, Lilyana Rain, Kindi Fahrnkopf, Kay Elaine Ekwall, Dave Dunbar, Kelly Waldin, Anita Savio, Rich Norman, David Lorenz Winston, Dallion McGregor, Summer Wolf, Juliette Wolf, Isaac Wolf, David Newell, Susan Gustafson, Angela Graves, Annette McGee Rasch, Michael Spring, Savanna G. S., Alan Laurie, Sara Backer, Scott Simpson, Rory Forsythe-Elder, Deborah Ann Dawson, Kathryn Velho, and Kailen Forsythe-Elder.
The issue is available around the Illinois Valley or through Amazon.com.
Our second print annual was released in the summer of 2016, with a special event as part of the Southern Oregon Guild’s inaugural Celebration of Words and Art.
Issue Two features the work of the following artists (in order of appearance): Zvi Baranoff, Amy Peterson, Desmond Serratore, Iris Chinook, Pamela Haunschild, Kaci Elder, Susan Gustafson, Veronika Trishyna, Katie Chamberlain, David Newell, Paul Forristal, Waves Forest, Sydney Clinton, and Kelpie Wilson. The issue is available around the Illinois Valley or through Amazon.com.
Issue Three features the work of the following artists (in order of appearance): Joyce Abrams, Gary Lark, Desmond Serratore, Gray Conway, Susan Gustafson, Isaac Baranoff, Hannah Andrews, Marlyce Andrews, Morgan Andrews, Deborah Ann Dawson, Hazel Danene Speer, Lily Mayo, Lucas Tillett, the Oregon Caves Rangers, Donna Parrish, and Zvi Baranoff.
Please note Issue Three is dedicated to the memory of David Newell. David was a wood carver and artist familiar to most throughout the Illinois Valley. He enjoyed playing banjo for his marionette gnomes and fairies, and also throwing spears with an atlatl (he also happened to have made the banjos, marionettes, and atlatls). His first full collection of poems, The Poem Said, was published by Left Fork in 2015. Each of the first two issues of Cobra Lily included several of his poems. The issue is available around the Illinois Valley or through Amazon.com.
Issue Four was released in late October 2018, and will be celebrated with a special release event on November 11 at the Southern Oregon Guild gallery. The issue features the work of the following artists (in order of appearance): Abbigayle Jolley, Susan Gustafson, Franklyn Tosh, Pamela Haunschild, Hannah Andrews, Miles West, Iris Chinook, Jeff Powell, Cord MacGuire, Michael Franklin, Jessica Cannon, Zvi Baranoff, Lindsey B. Jones, Kate Taormina, Michael Spring, Coreen Davis Hampson, Barbara Parchim, Josh Pool, Ryan Forsythe, and Rory Forsythe-Elder. The issue is available around the Illinois Valley or through Amazon.com.
Issue Five was celebrated at a release event on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at the Southern Oregon Guild gallery. The issue features the work of the following artists (in order of appearance): Pepper Trail, Barbara Parchim, Annette McGee Rasch, Lori Mitchell, Gary Lark, R. L. Adare, Deborah Ann Dawson, Christine Perala Gardiner, Anathea Sparrow, Kayla Rau, Joyce Abrams, Susan Gustafson, Miles West, and Justice Palacios, who also provided the cover art. The issue is available for purchase at the Southern Oregon Guild gallery in Kerby, or through Amazon.com.
Sadly, Issue Six has been released amidst a pandemic and there is no live celebration planned at the moment (check back for info on when/if we plan an in-person or virtual celebration). The issue features the work of the following artists (in order of appearance): Vicki Snitzler, Alan Laurie, Nicole Taylor, Iris Chinook, Deborah Dawson, Michael Spring, William Lawson, Zvi Baranoff, Zack Rowatt, Barbara Parchim, Kate Taormina, Susan Gustafson, Austin Bosch, Kelly Waldin, Smuj Smujington, and Amy Milner, who also provided the cover art. The issue will be available for purchase at the Southern Oregon Guild gallery in Kerby, or through Amazon.com.
You can read the online issues and also learn how to submit at http://www.CobraLily.org/