by Faith Adiele
It is with unbounded joy and gratitude that I announce this VONA publishing partnership with AWAY: Experiments in Travel & Telling, a travel journal I so admire. As a biracial traveler and the daughter of immigrants, I often find myself ambivalent about mainstream travel/literature.
by Bani Amor
Ever since he’s lived here as a boy, the relics would come, riding on warm Pacific waves to the shores of África, or finally revealed under grains of sand after centuries of slow-rising from the tombs.
by Celeste Chan
I arrive not knowing the language – but globalization is a bitch, so a couple people around me on the train speak English.
by Beverly Tan Murray
[A] memory without proper reflection is like a dragon costume. Before the performer dances life into it, it lies unused, lifeless, devoid of meaning. Only by delving inside can the carcass of the past grow a soul, spiritual limbs akimbo, newly graced with nuance and syntax.
by Anu Taranath
So many of us travel abroad to search for “something different”—new cultures, people, ways of life, stories, experiences, foods, sights, and geographies. We go far to stretch ourselves and be elsewhere. We go for “something different” than what we already know. Sometimes though—and this is the part we don’t often speak about—we aren’t really sure what to do with the differences we have found, especially if they make us have to question who we are and what that means in a larger global world.
by Julie Quiroz
We stayed inside a lot because grown ups were fighting over who was in charge of the country.
by Shizue Siegel
I remembered guru’s words: “I give you toys and trinkets that I may draw you near me. Then I can give you what is of real value.”
by Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins
There was something familiar about this place of arched hallways leading to sitting rooms with wicker furniture stuffed with colorful pillows of Middle Eastern designs.