"I hope to challenge traditional definitions of 'outdoor travel literature': what it is and who writes it, including challenging the misconception that people of color are not participating in outdoor recreational activities and storytelling. My Elders often lament that what’s missing today is an intuitive understanding of our relationship to all of creation. In Navajo, we call it K’é yił yał tx’I’, which means ‘it’s saying something with a kinship feeling.’ Mountains, trees, plants, animals, rivers, lakes, oceans all have a spirit to respect rather than conquest. I want to publish stories which reveal the secrets of a place, discover the indigenous knowledge bled into stream beds, trapped in rock layers, eroded in the earth."
~ Leslie Hsu Oh
Leslie is a guest editor for Alpinist Magazine. She is also senior editor (formerly Outdoor Literature Editor) for ~ Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, a literary journal magazine hybrid representing a contemporary effort to bring travel writing, art, and photography into a new age. Here are some of the stories she's edited: