A Place for Writing about 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. We want stories about communities that are struggling to survive. We want stories about communities that stand up. We love stories about individuals who stay put. We love stories about individuals who are unafraid to move. We want stories about people who cannot help but conform. We want stories about people who refuse. Basically, we love art and literature that are not scared to show what cannot easily be traced with the naked eye. We invite you to send us your best work and look forward to sharing this new space with you.
Nandini Dhar’s poems have been published or forthcoming in print and online journals such as Pear Noir!, Room, Eclectica, Southern Humanities Review and many others. She is working on a full-length collection of poems on the interrelationship between perceptions of domesticity, foodways, class and gender in a post-Partition Bengali middle-class home.
Dena Afrasiabi‘s stories and poems have been featured or are forthcoming in Prick of the Spindle, JMWW, Kartika Review, The Literary Bohemian, and the anthology Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian-American Writers (University of Arkansas Press) among others. She earned an MFA in fiction at Rutgers University and is currently at work on a novella about an all-girls wrestling team made up of young misfits. A native of northern California, she currently lives in Austin, Texas.