We welcome you to the first ever national edition of The Tributary. Authors and poets from all over the country allowed us to weave together their works into an iridescent tapestry. It is one that we here at The Tributary are proud to present to you. From the forests of Vermont to the Valleys of California, we are proud to present to you our first group of works from the 2023 national edition. We thank our writers for their inquisitive, vulnerable, breathtaking work, and we thank you, for reading with us.