Montana Mouthful’s “Lost and Found” Issue is Live!

Montana Mouthful’s “Lost and Found” Issue is Live!

Throughout our lives, we’re constantly in the process of losing things and finding things. On a material level, we lose socks, car keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, and more. Our pets run off, engagement rings fall off, and young children lose shoes, gloves, or even their lunches on journeys to and from school. Of course, we find things as often as we lose them. Socks reappear in the clothes dryer, car keys were in a pocket, paperwork fell behind the desk, eyeglasses were perched on your head, pets are picked up and brought home, metal detectorists find rings, and children discover no end of things in backpack pockets and crevices.

While materials items come and go, losing and finding intangible items are often more difficult to accept or at least more complex in their impacts. It’s a natural part of life that we lose our loved ones to illness, accidents, or old age. Relationships come and go too. People grow and change and wish to leave; at the same time, people grow and change and walk into your life at just the right moment, when you needed love and support the most.

Our “Lost and Found” issue focuses primarily on these lost and found intangibles. As always, the issue is replete with excellent stories, essays, poems, and artwork. We hope you enjoy and appreciate the quality of work held within these pages.

Also, on the theme of lost and found, Montana Mouthful editors are announcing that this is our final issue. We’ve published 12 stunning issues over the course of the last five years, but it’s time for us to move on to other projects. (See this issue’s Editors’ Enclosure section for our final thoughts.) Of course, this does not mean the magazine will disappear soon. While we’ll eventually shut down the business, eliminate expenses, and close the non-profit, the following schedule will be in place for 2022 and 2023.

  • Free-to-Read digital issues will be available on Issuu until July 2023 at
  • Print-on-demand copies of all 12 of our issues can be ordered until 10/31/2022 at
  • Our website will be available until January 2023.
  • (Find a list of all of our issues available for reading and purchase on Our Current Issue webpage.)

We’ll report more on this in the following months, but for now sit back, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy our final issue. Read it for free here. Purchase print-on-demand copies here.

Happy Reading,

Montana Mouthful Editors