Silo is a journal of creative writing and visual art that focuses on the work of students from the College of Southern Idaho and writers and artists from the surrounding region. While the region boasts more sagebrush and open land than writers and artists, we believe that the talent of our local work is shaped by a geography and way of life that results in a unique perspective that even readers outside the area will enjoy. When early explorer John Astor visited the area, as recounted in Washington Irving's 1836 book titled Astoria; or, Enterprise Beyond the Rock Mountains, he and his company had crafted canoes and were floating the Snake River when he logged, "A wild and desert solitude extended on either side of the river" (176). This collection hopes to portray the diversity and talent that exists today in this still "wild and desert solitude."