Now in its Second Issue, 'Uproot' Is Pared Down to Grow 

click to enlarge JENNY BOWLER
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A chronic illness has kept Jenny Bowler out of downtown Boise for more than a year, but thanks to social media the creator of Uproot magazine is still in the loop about developments in the City of Trees.

"It really is all Instagram. Because I haven't been able to get downtown, it's been a lifeline for me in a lot of ways," she said.

Uproot, the second issue of which will be released on Wednesday, March 6, is the final remnant of Roots Boise, a Boise-based multimedia platform that once included robust blog, video and podcast output.

"I wanted to add something back, which sounds contradictory, but I figured, as a professional designer, I could whip up a magazine pretty easily," Bowler said.

This edition of the bi-annual is a remarkable achievement. The 64-page, semi-glossy mag contains an interview with Storyfort Founder Christian Winn; profiles of local artisan Weave Gold and up-and-coming musicians like Kathleen Williams and Angel Abaya; recipes from Figgy Bakes; fiction and poetry; and art photos by Matthew Wordell.

Bowler's original concept was to create a "place where people feel like they can get support for what they do," and that mission has remained largely intact as her project has pared down to a print edition. Though it's active across fewer media, Uproot retains a broad spectrum of contributors representing the visual, written and journalistic arts, with multi-page spreads dedicated to arrangements of succulents, self-portraits by Jess Tornga and a profile of Ballet Idaho dancer and choreographer Daniel Ojeda.

Copies of Uproot are available exclusively online through its website, though there is a variety of buying options available. For more info, check out its Instagram account at @uprootmag.
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