Nashville is a town of vagabonds and roots, a destination and a homeplace for generations. The act of creation thrums beneath the skin of this city: at any moment, you know a great song is being written or performed, a poem discovered, a story set free-- “Every morning a new arrival.” Swing wants to be the home for the emerging writer to the renowned, from the discovered to the too-long neglected. We are looking to build a print magazine with the energy and verve of its home city, where new influences course through the old. We are imagining a collection of literary works both regional and far reaching that embraces contradiction and complication. We like the idea of a magazine lightly built with high ceilings—a space for difference and dialogue. In the same way that a poem can be reborn the second it is read aloud, filling the air with sound, readers of Swing will thrill to the way an essay can flicker with new possibilities alongside a well-selected poem. Suddenly monologue becomes dialogue, friction becomes ignition. If it’s starting to sound like I’m describing a good house party, you’re getting the idea.