The other day, after picking up a copy of Marjorie Argosin's Cartographies, I began putting together a book list based on thoughts on travel. What does it mean when someone in the diaspora travels to / through / into cities here / abroad / elsewhere. In my 20s, I did a significant amount of traveling to and living in England, Ireland, and countries in Europe, feeling quintessentially American. It wasn't until much later that I realized, as an immigrant from the Philippines via transracial adoption, my travel experiences were quite different from my family's.
As such, I'm interested in doing a series on travel, cities and immigrant spaces with prose, poems or essays. Questions or concerns are: how do you relate to or experience cities? How do cities and borders limit or expand your sense of identity, space, time and narrative? How is identity formed in cities to create a sense of environment or community? And how does your identity versus how others see you complicate the notion of travel? How are you received? How do cities receive you? How do you receive cities? What are the expectations? Are there expectations?
It's informal, meant to be generative... to get people thinking critically. Each month a pamphlet and/or article for the blog will be released and at the end of the year, all the pamphlets will be put together and bound book arts / pamphlet style. I'm still working out the details on that.
Submissions should be no more than 10 pages. They're not meant to be chapbook size, as they will all be assembled book arts style (not an anthology). Or rather, an anthology but not in the typical anthology book style. Also playing wth the notion of a book and what it can "look" like or be.
For reference, here is my list:
1. Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities
2. Marjorie Agosin's Cartographies
3. Gaston Bachelard's Poetics of Space
4. Cristina Peri Rossi's State of Exile
5. Not Home, but Here: Writing from the Filipino Diaspora (edited by Luisa Igloria)
6. Gloria Anzaldua's Borderlands/La Frontera
7. Kazim Ali's Bright Felon
Please Note: Submissions Closed.