15: Maps

In Maps, we wanted to explore how writers encounter and examine the fictional topographies of their lives. Forrest Gander, Billy Collins, and Susan Bernofsky, among many others contributed original pieces to our forum. Also featured in this issue are conversations with Amélie Nothomb, Dale Peck, Abdellah Taïa, and Buket Uzuner. Plus poetry, fiction, essays, drama, and graphic narratives from around the world.


Maps: A Forum

Susan Bernofsky, Amitava KumarBilly Collins, Dan Bellm, Ishion Hutchinson, Heidi Julavits, Sheila Heti, Roxana Robinson, Susan Mitchell, James Yeh, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Colum McCann, Albert Mobilio, Forrest Gander, Michael Joyce


Éric Faye, As the Train Rolls On
Danielle Evans, Getting There
Elvira Dones, In Transit
Colum McCann, Topographies
Lily Tuck, Abstract Space
Aleksandar Hemon, Language Acquisition
Samanta Schweblin, Birds in the Mouth


Matthew Cusick, Many Rivers and Course of Empire (Mixmaster 2)
Miru Kim, Richmond Power Station #2, Tarlabasi, Turkey, and Michigan Theater
Wendy MacNaughton, Where I Am, Things Happen, and Hollister Ranch Cows

Graphic Narrative

John Krygier and Denis Wood, Ce n’est pas le monde


Campbell McGrath, January 17
Adonis, You Are in the Village Then
Bill Manhire, Yadasi Clips
Günter Eich, Munich-Frankfurt Express and Old Postcards
Jennifer Tseng, Elegy Traveling South on the Pearl River
Crystal Williams, The Life Beneath This Life, At the Water, and In the Black Box Theater
Maurice Manning, Culture
Eleni Vakalo, The Astronauts in the Garden Grass
Angélica Freitas, In the Bathroom with Gertrude Stein, The Others’ Woman, Rilke Shake, Statute of Dismallarmament, and The End


David Henry Hwang, “Speak. English.”


Mahmoud Darwish, What Is Lost
Binyavanga Wainaina, An Island of Peace
Yvette M. Louisell, How to Survive in Prison
Roger Angell, A Sporting Life and HOME RUN (nouns, verbs)
Rian Malan, Enough Rope
Pico Iyer, Customs
Elif Shafak, Neighbors
Michelle Grangaud, Calendar of Poets


Amélie Nothomb and Buket Uzuner, Where We Belong
Abdellah Taïa and Dale Peck, Frontiers