8-West Press aims to give space to those who find a sense of belonging in writing. For the founding editors, we came together to form this press in a landscape of blended cultures that over a million people call home. This press is rooted in the idea of place: the spaces we occupy physically, mentally, spiritually and the way that it shapes our identity, as well as exploring the notion of where we truly belong. We aim to devote space to the voices of a diverse selection of writers in the work we feature, and have a strong desire to highlight the work of underrepresented groups, particularly people of color, members of the LGBTQIA community, and women. We look forward to 8-West functioning as the route which connects dynamic voices into one richly textured poetic landscape.