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  • JoMA was a pioneering online magazine dedicated to Mythic Arts: literary, visual, and performance arts inspired by myth, folklore, and fairy tales. Published by The Endicott Studio, edited by Terri Windling, JoMA ran from 1997 to 2008.

    This website contains material drawn from JoMA's 11 years of publication. It is kept online as a Mythic Arts archive, and as such is not updated.

    For more recent discussions of Mythic Arts, fantasy literature, and related topics, visit Terri Windling's Myth & Moor

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    "Do people choose the art that inspires them — do they think it over, decide they might prefer the fabulous to the real? For me, it was those early readings of fairy tales that made me who I was as a reader and, later on, as a storyteller."
    - Alice Hoffman

    "Current cant equates fantasy with escapism, and current fashion would have it that fantasy is both easy to read and to write. It isn't. When it is done honestly, by a skillful writer, fantasy takes us far enough beyond our daily perceptions to open us to the essential realities beneath it. This is the true goal of all art."
    - Ellen Kushner

    "Our lives are stories, and the stories we have to give to each other are the most important. No one has a story too small and all are of equal stature. We each tell them in different ways, through different mediums—and if we care about each other, we'll take the time to listen."
    - Charles de Lint

    "When we change the shape of the Land, we alter the contents and contexts of our collective, familial, and personal memories. Yet, stories can preserve both mythic and familiar elements of geography even when the physical features are forgotten, buried, or obliterated. And more than this: the stories can bring these elements back. If the Land can be preserved long enough for its stories to be told, and retold, perhaps we all—as custodians of both place and memory—stand a chance at real preservation." - Ari Berk

    "As our storytellers continue to draw upon past knowledge, including looking to the animal world and to tribal storytellers for guidance, we grow in strength. We reshape our ancestors' stories for our children, so that these tales will, like our people, our spirits, endure."
    - Carolyn Dunn

    "Folklore is the perfect second skin. From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world."
    - Jane Yolen

    "At its best, fantasy rewards the reader with a sense of wonder about what lies within the heart of the commonplace world. The greatest tales are told over and over, in many ways, through centuries. Fantasy changes with the changing times, and yet it is still the oldest kind of tale in the world, for it began once upon a time, and we haven't heard the end of it yet."
    - Patricia A. McKillip

    "Stories. I've been telling stories for years, with paint, with words, with film and video cameras and pixels on computer screens. Yet what do I know? Nothing, really. I can't explain storytelling the way teachers explain math or history. When I draw, or write, or envision a film, I try to switch off and not think too much. To explain what I'm doing when I create would be like waking up while still dreaming. Dreams. We are all storytellers night after night, for even the most inartistic of us can still dream like masters."
    - Iain McCaig