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The site of a meteorological anomaly imparts its name to this journal. The sinkholes within the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Logan Canyon produce the coldest temperatures in Utah – and often in the entire contiguous United States. The bottom of the sinks never goes more than four days without a freeze, even in midsummer. These pools of trapped nocturnal air can vary from the temperatures surrounding the sinks by as much as 70 degrees. It is so cold, trees do not grow there. We send our salutation from a desert climate valley at -69 degrees.

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Current Volume: Volume 3 (2017) Sink Hollow 2017 Creative Writing Contest Edition

This special edition of Sink Hollow presents the winning entries of the Utah State University Creative Writing Contest, which is open to all USU undergraduate and graduate students from all departments and disciplines. We want to thank all our contestants this year for yet again raising the bar with their excellent work, and for helping to create such a vibrant and inclusive writing community here at USU and in Cache Valley.

Many thanks for the generosity and discriminating taste of our contest judges: Alex Baldwin, Matt DiOrio, Mary Ellen Greenwood, Brian McCuskey, Bonnie Moore, Paige Smitten, and Isaac Timm. Thanks also go to Diane Buist, Lori Hyde, and Annie Nielsen from the English Department administrative staff, whose assistance in running the contest has been invaluable.

And an extra special thanks goes to the Sink Hollow staff who helped to run the contest and who have produced this beautiful issue of the magazine: Ethan Trunnell, Abi Newhouse, Shaun Anderson, Parker Schofield, Millie Tullis, Justin Smith, Dani Green, Andrew Simpson, Madison Asbill, Tyler Hurst, Challis Hackley, Abby Stewart, Jaesea Gatherum, Kaylee Dudley, Chris Davis, Jess Nani, Braden Steel, Marie Skinner, Marissa Neeley, Russ Beck, Shanan Ballam, and Robb Kunz.

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