Thank you

A wonderful, challenging, and enlightening journey has come to an end. Like every great project, it was made possible by the people who helped me along the way: My family, my friends, Eli, Eli’s family, the artists I read and the artists I met, my hosts, and, of course, the readers of this blog. Many thanks to you all. It will certainly not be my last literary travel project, so stay tuned for alerts from this site.

Voices: Marisol García Walls

Marisol García Walls is a non-fiction writer born and raised in Mexico City. After the earthquake in September 2017, she started the project Cuéntanos dónde estabas together with Roberto Cruz Arabal to collect and record the experiences of those affected. You can find two of her essays in English translation here and here and one of her more recent essays on material culture here. Voices: Marisol García Walls weiterlesen

Voices: Arielle Burgdorf

Arielle Burgdorf is always on the move: Originally from Washington, D.C., she lived in Philadelphia, Edinburgh, San Diego, and San Francisco and recently started pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing in Pittsburgh. Her work has appeared in Maximum Rocknroll, Feministe, The Feminist Review, Horseless Press, Bone and Ink Press, and can be found online here, here, and here. Voices: Arielle Burgdorf weiterlesen

Voices: Michelle Marie Wallace

Michelle Marie Wallace is a San-Francisco-based writer working with themes of the border and healing in both her fiction and non-fiction. I had the chance to meet her twice on my journey: In San Francisco, where she co-hosted The Borderlands Lectura, and in Ciudad de México, where she lived for 13 months in 2016/17. Read one of her short stories here and a piece about her experiences during the earthquake in Ciudad de México in September 2017 here. Voices: Michelle Marie Wallace weiterlesen

Voices: Gabrielle Bates

The second “Voices” interviewee is Gabrielle Bates, whom I met through Hugo House in Seattle. She is involved in poetry in multiple ways: As a writer, an editor, and a book seller. Read one of her visual poems at Poetry Magazine and find out more about her on her website. Voices: Gabrielle Bates weiterlesen

Voices: Nicola Hodges

This blog would not be complete without acknowledging the artists who provided me with help and inspiration on my journey. The series “Voices” is meant to put their art and perception of their surroundings center stage. The first interviewee is Nicola Hodges, textile craftsperson and aspiring park ranger in Vancouver. Voices: Nicola Hodges weiterlesen

Searching for Stories in Southern Mexico

I’m lying on my bed in an airconditioned hostel room in Cancún with a half-read copy of the Popol Vuh next to me. I picked up the book detailing the Maya-Quiché creation myth and cosmology from a box of free stuff at a party in September 2015, at the time the idea of a journey through Canada, the US, and Mexico started forming in my mind. It’s the last day of said journey, I’m tired from traveling and exhausted from reading in Spanish. And I’m frustrated: During my entire time in the states of Chiapas and Quintana Roo, I didn’t manage to find out anything about contemporary literature rooted in Maya culture. Searching for Stories in Southern Mexico weiterlesen