Reed is the oldest literary journal west of the Mississippi River. Reed can trace its heritage back to 1867, when the first issue of The Acorn was published by the students of California State Normal School, the institute that would eventually become San José State University. The Acorn published many writers of the early American West, including Edwin Markham, the first poet laureate of Oregon, and the man in whose honor we name our annual poetry prize. In our century and a half of continuous publication, we have had many names. The Acorn became The Normal School Index in 1895, which then became The Normal Pennant in 1898. In 1920, we changed our name to The Quill, and again in 1932 to El Portal. Finally, in 1948, we became The Reed, later shortened to just Reed, the name we have held onto ever since. Our name comes from James Reed, survivor of the infamous Donner Party and a prominent citizen of early California. James Reed made a fortune during the Gold Rush, and strongly advocated that San José become the capital of the new state. While he failed in that ambition, he kept his promise to donate five hundred acres of land to the state of California, and on that land the current campus of San José State University was constructed. San José has changed a lot since James Reed first settled here. Prune and apricot orchards have given way to skyscrapers and the headquarters of billion-dollar tech companies. A tiny farming community has grown into the tenth largest city in the United States. A small teaching college has evolved into a vibrant university with the most diverse student body in the nation. Yet, our magazine has remained. Reed has been a part of California for as long as there has been a California. What began as a small publication for student work has grown into an international literary presence, receiving thousands of submissions from writers across the globe. A West Coast journal with worldwide reach, Reed, like California, is an ongoing, expanding, and wondrous mosaic of thoughts, ideas, and emotions. We are proud to be the literary heart of Silicon Valley.