Korongo #2: Homebound Still
Get cozy with a warm mug, your iPad, and our new zine
Just before the long, dark winter of 2020–2021 settled over Vermont's White River Valley, Patrick and I invited valley residents to contribute to the second issue of Korongo, our new zine, as a way of reaching out to friends and neighbors during the holidays. The result is a 200-page collection of stories, poems, photographs, and artwork, its overall theme one of hope. Issue No. 2 includes a new installment of Shirly Hook's journal about growing food for the Abenaki; Chip and Sara Natvig’s photo documentary about the revamping of their farmstand-and-restaurant as the pandemic shutters businesses nationwide; Mindy Jackson-Jefferys's lovely essay about finding solace in nature during a period of mourning; and excerpts from Valerie Auffray Daniel's Facebook blog in which she bids farewell to her beloved bulldog, Raja Valentine, and prepares for a Christmas unlike any other. There are greetings from former residents who have moved away, a photo essay about winter lights, and stories about rediscovering simple pleasures and old pastimes. In addition to a number of journaling prompts, Korongo No. 2 includes a call for submissions to a book about life in our valley during 2020. Paperback and Kindle versions of this issue will be available soon; meanwhile, scroll down to download the PDF or the ePub file, readable on most devices.