February 19, 2010
Today, a new online journal for literary travel writing and art launches. The name: Nowhere (nowheremag.com). The concept: travel has been confused with tourism, and travel writing with promotional copy.
Nowhere is not a journal of tourism. Rather, it is one of “found experiences,” illustrated with found objects. Stories might follow a walk to the store, a year in Paris or a canoe trip down the Nile. They are equally exotic and compelling in our minds.
Each issue features a range of poets, travel writers, artists, filmmakers and vagabonds of every stripe writing about their experiences outside the house. In Issue 1, Bill Berkson reads his illustrated travel journal written on a 2006 trip to Japan. David Quammen recounts one of the most confusing and beautiful nights of his life while searching for prehistoric bears in Romania. Novelist Josip Novakovich tells of a journey through the one country he never wanted to visit and Larry Fagin takes a trip through his mind of memorable places in his life. Issue 2 is in the works now, and will feature Heidi Julavits, Nick Flynn and a short film by Arthur Bradford.
The magazine pays its writers and artists a small fee and supports itself with an online bookstore that sells special editions of contributing authors’ books. It also accepts reader donations and will produce an annual anthology of the year’s best stories.
That’s pretty much it. There’s no reason for this journal. No hidden agenda here. Nowhere is a place between places, an imagined depot for stories from the road. We’d appreciate help in getting the word out.
Porter Fox was born in New York and raised on the coast of Maine. He lives, writes and teaches in Brooklyn. He has edited national magazines for twelve years and his fiction, essays and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, Outside, Powder, The Literary Review, Third Coast and Conjunctions among others. He was nominated for Pushcart Prizes in 2008 and 2010 for fiction and nonfiction and was a finalist for the 2009 Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize. He is also a member of the Miss Rockaway Armada and Swimming Cities art collectives and collaborated on installations on the Mississippi and Hudson Rivers, Venice Biennale (2009), Mass MoCA (2008) and New York City’s Anonymous Gallery (2009).