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.

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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

Literary Landmarks in Ciudad de México

Long strolls through Parque Chapultepec and vegan lunch at the cafeteria of a Hare Krishna temple – the memories of my first visit to Ciudad de México in 2014 make the city seem relaxed and peaceful. Upon my return, the impression is different. With 9 million inhabitants in the center and 20.4 million inhabitants in the greater urban area, Ciudad de México is the most populous city in North America. It takes the bus almost three hours to get from the first signs of sprawl to Terminal Central del Norte. But not just the size of the city, the language, too, poses more problems than expected. Without a travel companion fluent in Spanish, even simple, everyday things are difficult and exhausting. Nevertheless, the kindness of friends and fellow writers makes my stay worthwhile. Literary Landmarks in Ciudad de México weiterlesen

Books, Booths, and Burritos in San Francisco

Sometime during the 17-hour-trainride from Portland to San Francisco, the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest turn into the hills covered by yellow and green grasslands and bushes that surround the Bay Area. The change in landscape coincides with a change in culture. Books, Booths, and Burritos in San Francisco weiterlesen