Pioneertown, near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California, is a strange and magical place. Founded by Hollywood investors just after World War II as a working town with Old West false-front facades, it’s now an attraction for tourists content to walk around the rickety buildings, catching the occasional mock gunfight or concert at Pappy and Harriet’s restaurant.
Pioneertown is also a 4-year-old online literary journal founded by Brenna Kischuk, who grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles. It features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and hybrid works. “The name of the publication works on a literal level because the work that I want to publish is all about taking risks and exploring and discovering and forging ahead,” she explains.