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 I think that you have to believe in your destiny; that you will succeed, you will meet a lot of rejection and it is not always a straight path, there will be detours—so enjoy the view.

—Michael York

I am thrilled to announce that my short story, “Searching for Martians” has been published in the inaugural issue of the literary magazine,  Elsewhere.  I’m honored to be among the remarkable poets and prose writers chosen for their first issue.

 

I’d submitted my story to this online literary journal because of its unique focus on sense of place:

We envision Elsewhere to be a space that doesn’t exist anywhere, a space for work that has trouble finding a place. We are interested in creative work that deals with marginalization in some form or another. We don’t think of “race”, “gender”, “class”and “sexuality” as dirty words or as problems to be dealt with outside of literature and art. Rather, we think of them as central to creative activity. To that end, we want stories, poems, nonfiction and artwork that situate themselves firmly in place, which feel compelled to transform in images and plots, in lines and rhymes how histories reside inside a cappuccino cup, cotton and cornfields, roadside diners, built-in shacks, tenements, middle-class bedrooms and parlors.

When I wrote my short story, I wanted to deeply explore that sense of place we talk about when we write or read. There is a kind of invisible connective tissue between our identity and the places we have been  to and are heading towards. The central character in my short story struggles with the shifting and the stagnancy of the landscapes and people in her life and the risks of staying or leaving. If you’re interested in reading “Searching for Martians”, you can view it on Elsewhere’s  website here  (p. 24).  And please show your support for this new literary magazine by liking it or sharing it with friends.

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