So happy to publish this issue of Away on our one-year anniversary!
The title for this issue is inspired by the risk involved when writers start messing with the typical travel story–breaking up the narrative, inviting in multiple perspectives, reflecting on their positions as representers of other people and places (and other selves too). Can they thus finagle some space that isn’t already compromised by the whole history of travel writing, or is the enterprise just too vexed? Can they do enough, that is–or is it always not enough (because impossible to wriggle free of that history)? Or is the very effort to try–to push the boundaries–just too much? You decide. Enough? Too much? Not Enough?
On this one-year anniversary, we are thrilled to announce our partnership with writers in the VONA workshop who have focused on travel writing over the past two years. VONA, or Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, was founded by Elmaz Abinader, Junot Díaz, Victor Díaz, and Diem Jones in 1999. We’re planning two special issues featuring writers from VONA workshops, guest-edited by VONA faculty member and writer Faith Adiele. So keep a sharp eye out for those.
And thanks for Michael Schmid for our cover!