Our next issue of One Story takes us back in time to 1786. Set in Lituya Bay, Naomi Williams’s “Snow Men” concerns the La Pérouse expedition, told through the eyes of a young girl of the Tlingit people of southeast Alaska. I always enjoy stories that tap into history, and “Snow Men” is meticulously researched (read Naomi’s Q&A with us to hear more about her process). But what drew me the most to this piece was how it went beyond the “first contact” stories I was familiar with and shifted the focus, so that instead of highlighting the damage white explorers brought to native populations, the story turned instead into a meditation on loss and mourning in different cultures. “Snow Men” is part of a cycle of stories that Naomi Williams is working on, all concerning the La Pérouse expedition. I’m very excited to see how the collection comes together. “Snow Men” was recently performed by actress Cynthia Mitchell Speakman as part of Sacramento’s Stories on Stage series. I’m sure it was the first stop of many for Naomi Williams, and I’m happy to welcome this talented new writer to our pages.