Founding Blueline Literary Magazine Editor Releases Book of Essays Inspired by the Adirondacks


By Craig Thornton

Written during her 10 years as founding editor of Blueline, the literary magazine dedicated to the spirit of the Adirondacks, the 18 essays in this collection are a vital contribution to Adirondack literature. Gilborn focuses on subjects as varied as hiking Blue Mountain, Adirondack porches, American natural landmarks and the joys and travails of launching a literary magazine.

Gilborn's writing is at once eloquent, realistic and always insightful about the region's unique character. The collection includes two fine essays on the life and writing of the poet and editor Jeanne Robert Foster, who was close friends with some of the major writers and artists of the 20th century. Gilborn's passion for nature writing is also clear in her reflections on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, as well as their intellectual descendent, Leo Marx. His writing on "the machine in the American garden" informs Gilborn's title essay about the flyovers of military jets, which use the Adirondacks as a testing ground. In other essays, Gilborn pokes fun at her own perceptions, along with all those who, like herself, are ultimately visitors to this spectacular country.

Ten years after its first issue, Blueline had hit its stride, and Gilborn transferred the magazine from Blue Mountain Lake to the Department of English and Communication at The State University of New York at Potsdam. The current editors look forward to celebrating Blueline's 35th anniversary in 2014. Once again, the magazine will feature quality poetry, fiction, nonfiction and visual art in its annual issue.

An editor, author and poet, Alice Wolf Gilborn most recently edited the anthology "Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont." Her poetry chapbook, "Taking Root," was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. Including art by Joe Hildreth and photography by Nate Infante, "Out of the Blue" is certain to interest anyone who has lived in or visited the Adirondacks, as well as those who strongly identify with the natural world and the literature inspired by the great outdoors.

Purchasing information:

"Out of the Blue: Blueline Essays 1979–1989" is now available for $15 from the Potsdam College Press. For more information, contact the editor at Payment can be sent to Dr. Donald McNutt, c/o Blueline, 120 Morey Hall, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY 13676. Please make checks out to "Blueline." You may also contact Alice Wolf Gilborn at, with any questions about the book or about ordering information.

For more information about Blueline, visit

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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