Fireweed is BACK!

Welcome! The relaunched digital journal features poets from Oregon State. Check out our issues and become a member!

In the living seasons of the written word, homes for poetry can be fragile and fugitive. Such was the onetime fate of Fireweed, a modest but treasured outlet for poems from a watershed in western Oregon. The magazine was vibrant with many voices before it faded from the scene some years ago. But lo, Fireweed now returns, like its namesake after catastrophe. Often first to return on charred ground—coming up through the ash after Mt. St. Helens blew, or rising on burnt slopes following this past summer’s conflagration—fireweed hurtles green stems toward the sky that blossom out in pink, and then in cotton-winged seeds to begin the work of restoration everywhere.

So may the renewal of Fireweed magazine be fed by the work of poets telling the story of now, and by readers in support of lyric news, without which we are much diminished. Your support will help this treasure thrive.

Kim Stafford, former Oregon Poet Laureate

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Who We Are

Fireweed: Poetry of Oregon aims to highlight and publish Oregon’s finest poets and represent the voices from all corners of the state. Fireweed will also preserve the poets, staff, and legacy of its past and honor the diversity of the people who call this state home. 

 

The Archive Project

 

The Archive Project honors Fireweed’s past by providing digital copies of past print issues. We want to create a public time capsule for Oregon poetry and preserve its legacy as one of Oregon’s longest running poetry journals—and you can help us!

Your Support Matters

 

We are kept alive thanks to the generosity of our donors.

Discover how you can help below!

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Other names: Tall Willowherb, Blooming Sally
Height: 2 to 6 feet
Season: June to September

Fireweed is often the first plant to grows
in an area devastated by a forest fire. It
helps enrich the burned area so that
other plants can move back in. The flower
blooms from the bottom, so
you may see seedpods, flowers, and
buds on one plant. The seeds can be
carried long distances by their small
parachute-like hairs.