Published October 31, 2017

The Bully and the Buddhist

A former schoolyard bully, Jeff Zlotnik found a new identity through Buddhism. A classmate wonders why he changed—and if he remembers the pain he caused.

A former schoolyard bully, Jeff Zlotnik found a new identity through Buddhism. A classmate wonders why he changed—and if he remembers the pain he caused.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published October 30, 2017

Elevate Your Travel Plans

This winter, explore dramatic depths and reach new heights, from 190’ below sea level to 12,998’ into the clouds.

This winter, explore dramatic depths and reach new heights, from 190′ below sea level to 12,998′ into the clouds.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published October 24, 2017

Bernie O’Brien’s Tree Sanctuary

One man’s quest to give a second life to trees destined for the chipper

One man’s quest to give a second life to trees destined for the chipper
Southwest: The Magazine
Published October 2, 2017

’Til the Cows Came Home

Rowdy Girl Sanctuary was once a sprawling Texas ranch. Its transformation is a story of tradition, a red trailer, and one special calf.

Rowdy Girl Sanctuary was once a sprawling Texas ranch. Its transformation is a story of tradition, a red trailer, and one special calf.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published October 1, 2017

’Til the Cows Came Home

Rowdy Girl Sanctuary was once a sprawling Texas ranch. Its transformation is a story of tradition, a red trailer, and one special calf.

Rowdy Girl Sanctuary was once a sprawling Texas ranch. Its transformation is a story of tradition, a red trailer, and one special calf.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published October 1, 2017

The Flint Hills

As twilight falls, my father-in-law and I travel across rolling pastures, chasing fire as we go.

As twilight falls, my father-in-law and I travel across rolling pastures, chasing fire as we go.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published October 1, 2017

Creature Comfort

How mortician Melissa Unfred and a dog named Kermit are helping others navigate grief.

How mortician Melissa Unfred and a dog named Kermit are helping others navigate grief.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published October 1, 2017

A Dog of One’s Own

Growing up without a pet reflected my experience as an immigrant in America.

Growing up without a pet reflected my experience as an immigrant in America.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published September 1, 2017

Homecoming

After becoming one of the first black students to graduate from Little Rock Central High School, Sybil Jordan couldn’t wait to leave the city. It turns out Little Rock wasn’t quite done with her.

BY TOMMY TOMLINSON
Published September 1, 2017

Mountain Man

In 1915, backcountry cook Tie Sing fed an expedition of men who would go on to create the National Park Service. Now, a group of Chinese-Americans is working to ensure we never forget his name.

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Southwest: The Magazine
Published September 1, 2017

The Dinner Party

How sharing a meal with a group of strangers showed me the healing power of community.

How sharing a meal with a group of strangers showed me the healing power of community.
BY STEPHIE GROB PLANTE
Published August 31, 2017

Dream On

St. Louis’ City Museum is 600,000 square feet of twisted metal tubes, human hamster wheels, and slides to nowhere. For one writer, it was a literal dream come true.

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Southwest: The Magazine
Published August 1, 2017

Meet Larry Nelson

How a 21-year-old Vietnam War veteran picked up a golf club and played his way into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

How a 21-year-old Vietnam War veteran picked up a golf club and played his way into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published August 1, 2017

The Tears of Rose-Lynn Fisher

What do sadness and joy, laughter and longing look like up close?

What do sadness and joy, laughter and longing look like up close?
Southwest: The Magazine
Published August 1, 2017

Change of Course

How a pair of promises led to traveling the world with my son—and a red stroller—in tow.

How a pair of promises led to traveling the world with my son—and a red stroller—in tow.
BY KASE JOHNSTUN
Published June 30, 2017

Good Food

To serve their communities, today’s top culinary minds are reaching far beyond the kitchen.

To serve their communities, today’s top culinary minds are reaching far beyond the kitchen.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published June 1, 2017

The Ghost of Capablanca

What Cuba’s legendary chess maestro—and the island’s enduring love affair with the game—reveals about the country’s uncertain future.

What Cuba’s legendary chess maestro—and the island’s enduring love affair with the game—reveals about the country’s uncertain future.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published May 31, 2017

The Mom & Pop Rock ’n’ Roll Shop

On the road with folk-rock duo Shovels & Rope (and their toddler, hound dog, and blue-haired nanny).

On the road with folk-rock duo Shovels & Rope (and their toddler, hound dog, and blue-haired nanny).
Southwest: The Magazine
Published May 1, 2017

Welcome Back to Camp Tawonga!

S’mores, cabins, and a reminder that some things never change.

S’mores, cabins, and a reminder that some things never change.
BY STEVE ALMOND
Published May 1, 2017

93 Days of Summer!

We’ll help you soak up every second of the season: Wake up with the solstice, stop and smell 500 types of roses, and check out 12,000 classic cars. (And that’s just the first three days.)

We’ll help you soak up every second of the season: Wake up with the solstice, stop and smell 500 types of roses, and check out 12,000 classic cars. (And that’s just the first three days.)
Southwest: The Magazine
Published April 5, 2017

Millennials Take on Parenting

Check in with six millennials as they navigate the waters of child-rearing and find that some things never change—even if you post them to Instagram.

Check in with six millennials as they navigate the waters of child-rearing and find that some things never change—even if you post them to Instagram.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published April 1, 2017

Secrets of the Earth

On a trip home to Jamaica, I searched for the vanishing landscape of my memory.

On a trip home to Jamaica, I searched for the vanishing landscape of my memory.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published March 31, 2017

Finding Home on Isla Mujeres

As my aunt revamped a ramshackle hotel, she also began repairing family bonds.

As my aunt revamped a ramshackle hotel, she also began repairing family bonds.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published March 30, 2017

The Mexico Issue

An unrivaled food scene, acclaimed architecture, hidden beaches, and the fabled history of mezcal—the things that make Mexico a singular destination are as diverse as the country itself.

An unrivaled food scene, acclaimed architecture, hidden beaches, and the fabled history of mezcal—the things that make Mexico a singular destination are as diverse as the country itself.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published March 23, 2017

The Lyrical Genius of Valerie June

The soulful singer-songwriter has long moved audiences by channeling a chorus of voices from her Tennessee roots. Now, on the eve of her fifth album, she’s primed for a bigger stage.

The soulful singer-songwriter has long moved audiences by channeling a chorus of voices from her Tennessee roots. Now, on the eve of her fifth album, she’s primed for a bigger stage.
BY JK NICKELL
Published March 3, 2017

Searching For Mr. Grass

Why are thousands of people watching this man’s grass grow?

Why are thousands of people watching this man’s grass grow?
Southwest: The Magazine
Published March 3, 2017

Daughters and Dragons

Spinning fantastical bedtime stories became about far more than simply helping my daughter drift to sleep.

Spinning fantastical bedtime stories became about far more than simply helping my daughter drift to sleep.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published March 3, 2017

The Letter

We sent our writer on a simple assignment: to thank someone who changed his life. But the task transformed in a way he never could have anticipated.

We sent our writer on a simple assignment: to thank someone who changed his life. But the task transformed in a way he never could have anticipated.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published March 2, 2017

Uncharted Waters

A swimming pool mishap turned Derek Amato into a virtuoso overnight. Now he’s on a quest to unlock the genius inside us all.

A swimming pool mishap turned Derek Amato into a virtuoso overnight. Now he’s on a quest to unlock the genius inside us all.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published March 1, 2017

A Man of Letters

To prevent the loss of endangered alphabets all across the world, I turned to ancient tools.

To prevent the loss of endangered alphabets all across the world, I turned to ancient tools.
BY TIM BROOKES
Published February 1, 2017

Eggs and Limes

How a trip devoted to reading and beaches and seeing a man turned into a culinary epiphany.

How a trip devoted to reading and beaches and seeing a man turned into a culinary epiphany.
BY MARIAN BULL
Published January 1, 2017

The Accidental Cook

For years, I avoided the kitchen. Then I found an unlikely recipe for success.

For years, I avoided the kitchen. Then I found an unlikely recipe for success.
BY LAURA YAN
Published December 1, 2016

Superhero Worship

I shared a love of sports with my dad, but when I became a parent, my son had something else in mind.

I shared a love of sports with my dad, but when I became a parent, my son had something else in mind.
BY RYAN JONES
Published November 11, 2016

The Promise

In search of a place to honor the memory of my mother, I sought somewhere I could always return to.

In search of a place to honor the memory of my mother, I sought somewhere I could always return to.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published November 11, 2016

Hidden Treasure

On the hunt for a new adventure? Pack up your crew and head west (And north. And east. And south.) to explore some of the national parks’ lesser-known gems.

On the hunt for a new adventure? Pack up your crew and head west (And north. And east. And south.) to explore some of the national parks’ lesser-known gems.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published November 1, 2016

The Storied Man

Flying foxes, Caribbean monkeys, a tiny laboratory in a Wyoming cabin, and a young Mormon missionary who became a samoan chief before pursuing one of life’s greatest medical mysteries.

Flying foxes, Caribbean monkeys, a tiny laboratory in a Wyoming cabin, and a young Mormon missionary who became a samoan chief before pursuing one of life’s greatest medical mysteries.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published November 1, 2016

Your Cold, Cold Heart

My science-whiz brother-in-law discovered how to save victims of cardiac arrest. The cure? Ice. If only he could get more doctors to give it a try.

My science-whiz brother-in-law discovered how to save victims of cardiac arrest. The cure? Ice. If only he could get more doctors to give it a try.
BY JEFF RUBY
Published October 20, 2016

Where the Wilder Things Are

Spurred by the loss of my mother and yearning for more time with our daughter, my husband and I quit our jobs, sold our house, and journeyed west.

Spurred by the loss of my mother and yearning for more time with our daughter, my husband and I quit our jobs, sold our house, and journeyed west.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published October 20, 2016

Star Turn

Ten years after winning American Idol, the chart-topping, arena-packing girl from small town Oklahoma has proven her staying power. The only person left to convince of Carrie Underwood’s superstar bona fides? Herself.

Ten years after winning American Idol, the chart-topping, arena-packing girl from small town Oklahoma has proven her staying power. The only person left to convince of Carrie Underwood’s superstar bona fides? Herself.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published October 1, 2016

Swimming Upstream

When my daughter was born, I knew I had to learn to swim, both for her and myself.

When my daughter was born, I knew I had to learn to swim, both for her and myself.
BY LESLIE CONTRERAS SCHWARTZ
Published September 15, 2016

About Us

Southwest: The Magazine
Published September 1, 2016

My Mom, the Sports Fanatic

Despite long hours and tight budgets, my mother always found time for sports—and me.

Despite long hours and tight budgets, my mother always found time for sports—and me.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published August 28, 2016

2017 Editorial Calendar

Issue close deadlines, schedules for travel content, and special sections. All deadlines and scheduled content subject to change.

Issue close deadlines, schedules for travel content, and special sections. All deadlines and scheduled content subject to change.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published August 28, 2016

30 Million Words

Dana Suskind performed miracles by giving deaf children the ability to hear. Then she realized it wasn’t enough. Now she’s trying to help an entire generation of kids by convincing parents to tune in, talk more, and take turns.

Dana Suskind performed miracles by giving deaf children the ability to hear. Then she realized it wasn’t enough. Now she’s trying to help an entire generation of kids by convincing parents to tune in, talk more, and take turns. Because every word builds your child’s brain. And the difference between struggling and thriving? All it takes is 30 million words.
BY HEIDI STEVENS
Published August 28, 2016

Dogs v. Cats

Are you a dog person or a cat person? At first, the question sounds innocuous—until you announce your allegiance, thus declaring yourself friend or foe.

Are you a dog person or a cat person? At first, the question sounds innocuous—until you announce your allegiance, thus declaring yourself friend or foe. To resolve the age-old spat over pet superiority, we called on cat lover Gina Barreca and dog devotee Gene Weingarten.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published August 28, 2016

The Mountain of Youth

An unforgiving mountain, a wannabe jock with a limp, and the glorious pursuit of the impossible

An unforgiving mountain, a wannabe jock with a limp, and the glorious pursuit of the impossible
BY JAY HEINRICHS
Published August 28, 2016

23 Reasons to Take Your Kids to The Carribean

BY HEIDI STEVENS
Published August 28, 2016

The Great American Drive-In

Soaring land prices, digital projectors, and the Internet all took their swings. But instead of going down, the drive-in is surviving—even thriving.

Soaring land prices, digital projectors, and the Internet all took their swings. But instead of going down, the drive-in is surviving—even thriving.
BY JIM COLLINS
Published August 1, 2016

Call of the Isle

Settle into a treehouse suite, paddle a transparent canoe, and set your watch to island time.

Settle into a treehouse suite, paddle a transparent canoe, and set your watch to island time.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published August 1, 2016

Help Wanted

Bedraggled parents of toddler seek solace on private island.

Bedraggled parents of toddler seek solace on private island.
BY ALISON MILLER
Published August 1, 2016

Family Stew

For the women in my life, food-filled storage containers are like Tarot cards.

For the women in my life, food-filled storage containers are like Tarot cards.
BY ANGIE CRUZ
Published July 1, 2016

The Marble Connection

Sometimes the fastest way to someone’s heart is to turn to stone.

Sometimes the fastest way to someone’s heart is to turn to stone.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published July 1, 2016

A Walk in the Park

On seeing the invisible infrastructure that defines our national parks.

On seeing the invisible infrastructure that defines our national parks.
BY BROOKE JARVIS
Published June 1, 2016

The Originals

In 45 years, one thing hasn’t changed: seemingly small acts of kindness that create lasting ripple effects. For two of the originals, it’s just another day on the job.

In 45 years, one thing hasn’t changed: seemingly small acts of kindness that create lasting ripple effects. For two of the originals, it’s just another day on the job.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published June 1, 2016

From LUV to the Moon (and Back)

The 45th anniversary issue.

The 45th anniversary issue.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published June 1, 2016

Humble Pat

My larger-than-life mentor served up lessons one plate of eggs at a time.

My larger-than-life mentor served up lessons one plate of eggs at a time.
BY BRUCE PARSONS
Published May 1, 2016

Into the Blue

Wading into a glassy lake, paddling toward an ocean sunset, rigging up a sailboat, or casting a line—however you greet summer, water is a must. 

Wading into a glassy lake, paddling toward an ocean sunset, rigging up a sailboat, or casting a line—however you greet summer, water is a must.
TRAVEL REPORTING BY STIRLING KELSO
Published May 1, 2016

Vocal ID

Right now, tens of millions of speech-impaired people around the world have no choice but to use mass-produced voices straight from a computer. Rupal Patel has a different idea.

Right now, tens of millions of speech-impaired people around the world have no choice but to use mass-produced voices straight from a computer. Rupal Patel has a different idea.
BY BRADFORD PEARSON
Published April 1, 2016

How to Move a Mountain

Deep in the Colorado backcountry, a wilderness camp embraces high adventure to create fatherly moments for kids who have lost their fathers to war.

Deep in the Colorado backcountry, a wilderness camp embraces high adventure to create fatherly moments for kids who have lost their fathers to war.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published April 1, 2016

Men of Earth and Sky

I always revered my uncle, an ace pilot who died a hero. But later in life I realized my father’s complicated legacy was just as important to pass on to my kids.

I always revered my uncle, an ace pilot who died a hero. But later in life I realized my father’s complicated legacy was just as important to pass on to my kids.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published March 1, 2016

Animal Instinct

When our dogs died, my husband and I longed for a new pet to fill the void.

When our dogs died, my husband and I longed for a new pet to fill the void.
BY R.L. MAIZES
Published March 1, 2016

The Meaning of Light

It is a life-giving force and a universal source of meaning. The sun’s rays, our original light, provide warmth, food,

/ Light. / It is a life-giving force and a universal source of meaning. The sun’s rays, our original light, provide warmth, food, and oxygen. So it was natural that the sun became our first deity, and light remains a dominant metaphor in the sacred texts of every major religion. But it is also a wellspring of beauty. Those waves, those oscillating electric and magnetic fields, give us color, texture, and shape. From the beginning, its harnessing yielded radical revolutions in the human experience. Fire enabled us to conquer the danger of night, but it also created a place to gather, to tell stories, to plan for what lay ahead. In many ways, it made us more human. Today, it remains a catalyst for social interaction: Soft lights are used to set the mood; flashing lights warn us to be alert; a porch light welcomes us home. And innovations in light continue to upend our presumptions and transform the way we live, with new insights generated using microscopes, telescopes, X-rays, and lasers. Yet much is still to change. Meet the artists, scientists, pop music fans, and urban planners who are reshaping the meaning of light.
BY TONY REHAGEN
Published February 1, 2016

Fishing With Frank

A man and his pet tiger teach the author of Big Fish how to become a writer.

A man and his pet tiger teach the author of Big Fish how to become a writer.
Southwest: The Magazine
Published February 1, 2016

Not So Black & White

From rock star to Hollywood A-lister to indie darling, Jack Black has defied convention at every turn. So what is he searching for? What makes him truly happy?

From rock star to Hollywood A-lister to indie darling, Jack Black has defied convention at every turn. So what is he searching for? What makes him truly happy?
BY JK NICKELL
Published February 1, 2016

Thirst Aid

To one community living in the parched hinterlands of the Navajo Nation, Darlene Arviso provides water— and a wellspring of hope.

To one community living in the parched hinterlands of the Navajo Nation, Darlene Arviso provides water—and a wellspring of hope.
BY GABBI CHEE COTHERMAN
Published January 1, 2016

One Foot Behind the Other

A backwards-running writer meets a band of young robotics engineers: the unlikely story behind Spare Parts. 

Southwest: The Magazine
Published January 1, 2016

Crab Cakes with Kenny

A lifetime of lessons learned from my little brother leads to the best, most hopeful breakfast we ever shared.

A lifetime of lessons learned from my little brother leads to the best, most hopeful breakfast we ever shared.
BY MICHAEL GRAFF
Published December 1, 2015

A World of His Own

Searching for our family’s roots across two continents.

Searching for our family’s roots across two continents.
BY ZSOFIA MCMULLIN
Published December 1, 2015

The A-Z Guide to Spirits

What 33 bars, 28 cities, six breweries, five recipes, two small fires, a wedding, and a funeral tell us about how we drink right now.

What 33 bars, 28 cities, six breweries, five recipes, two small fires, a wedding, and a funeral tell us about how we drink right now.
BY BRADFORD PEARSON
Published November 1, 2015

Life Aquatic

For Diana Garcia Benito, probing the ocean floor for undiscovered sea creatures was a lifelong dream. Her single-minded quest to get there became her greatest adventure.

For Diana Garcia Benito, probing the ocean floor for undiscovered sea creatures was a lifelong dream. Her single-minded quest to get there became her greatest adventure.
BY ASHLEY HARRELL
Published October 1, 2015

My Brief Career as a Bat Biologist

Since I was a child, I’d been fascinated by rain forests. Maybe I should’ve let that fantasy go.

Since I was a child, I’d been fascinated by rain forests. Maybe I should’ve let that fantasy go.
BY DON LYMAN
Published September 1, 2015

Freedom Riders

23 days. 20 cities. 4,500 miles. 14 Little Leaguers embark on a sweeping Civil Rights tour to discover how our national pastime might illuminate our nation’s past.

23 days. 20 cities. 4,500 miles. 14 Little Leaguers embark on a sweeping Civil Rights tour to discover how our national pastime might illuminate our nation’s past.
BY JK NICKELL
Published September 1, 2015

Playing Hardball

When we got married, I vowed to love my wife forever. I never said anything about the Mets.

When we got married, I vowed to love my wife forever. I never said anything about the Mets.
BY TONY REHAGEN
Published September 1, 2015

Comedy of Errors

Five lessons on teamwork and failure from the halls of Saturday Night Live

Five lessons on teamwork and failure from the halls of Saturday Night Live
BY KATIE RICH
Published September 1, 2015

A Few Good Men

Being in command often means navigating in the dark.

Being in command often means navigating in the dark.
BY DUNCAN MURRELL
Published July 1, 2015

The King of Tides

Love, loss, and salmon in the wilds of Alaska.

Love, loss, and salmon in the wilds of Alaska.
BY KIM CROSS
Published July 1, 2015

Love, Translated

For Marc and me, learning Spanish was a practical task. Then it became a romantic one.

For Marc and me, learning Spanish was a practical task. Then it became a romantic one.
BY VANESSA HUA
Published July 1, 2015

Pet Project

The frenzied, touching, and altogether strange life of a celebrity pet owner

The frenzied, touching, and altogether strange life of a celebrity pet owner
BY AUSTIN W.G. MORTON
Published June 1, 2015

My Mid-Life Brightness

At 46, I thought I was done having kids. Then Rosalie waddled through the door.

At 46, I thought I was done having kids. Then Rosalie waddled through the door.
BY STEVE ALMOND
Published May 1, 2015

The Longest Roost

The chicken came first. I wasn’t sure the egg ever would.

The chicken came first. I wasn’t sure the egg ever would.
BY TARA NIEUWESTEEG
Published April 1, 2015

The Tao of Tiny

A little gerbil, a near catastrophe, and a big lesson in parenthood.

A little gerbil, a near catastrophe, and a big lesson in parenthood.
BY PAMELA GWYN KRIPKE
Published April 1, 2015

The Dan Plan

Will 10,000 hours make Dan McLaughlin an expert?

Will 10,000 hours make Dan McLaughlin an expert?
BY MICHAEL KRUSE
Published March 1, 2015

Perfect Timing

While mastering the centuries-old craft of Swiss watchmaking, students learn timeless truths that many of us have forgotten.

While mastering the centuries-old craft of Swiss watchmaking, students learn timeless truths that many of us have forgotten.
BY JK NICKELL
Published February 1, 2015

All the City’s a Stage

Sam White launched the unlikeliest of startups and transformed her hometown. Shakespeare in Detroit reveals that in desperate times some respond by dreaming dreams that are bigger and wilder than ever before.

Sam White launched the unlikeliest of startups and transformed her hometown. Shakespeare in Detroit reveals that in desperate times some respond by dreaming dreams that are bigger and wilder than ever before.
BY DREW PHILP
Published January 1, 2015

In Criticism of Praise

Reckoning with failure is key to kids’ growth, but they’re buried in mountains of flattery.

Reckoning with failure is key to kids’ growth, but they’re buried in mountains of flattery. How did we get here? And why can’t we stop?https://atavist.com/cms/project/521315/sections/1099074#
BY HEIDI STEVENS