In the first published anthology of writing from Catapult magazine, twenty writers share stories of migration, family, the search for home and belonging, and what it means to exist between languages and cultures
From rediscovering an ancestral village in China to experiencing the realities of American life as a Nigerian, the search for belonging crosses borders and generations. Selected from the archives of Catapult magazine, the essays in A Map Is Only One Story highlight the human side of immigration policies and polarized rhetoric, as twenty writers share provocative personal stories of existing between languages and cultures.
Victoria Blanco relates how those with family in both El Paso and Ciudad Juárez experience life on the border. Nina Li Coomes recalls the heroines of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki and what they taught her about her bicultural identity. Nur Nasreen Ibrahim details her grandfather’s crossing of the India-Pakistan border sixty years after Partition. Krystal A. Sital writes of how undocumented status in the United States can impact love and relationships. Porochista Khakpour describes the challenges in writing (and rewriting) Iranian America. Through the power of personal narratives, as told by both emerging and established writers, A Map Is Only One Story offers a new definition of home in the twenty-first century.
With writing by Lauren Alwan, Cinelle Barnes, Victoria Blanco, Jennifer S. Cheng, Nina Li Coomes, Bix Gabriel, Nur Nasreen Ibrahim, Deepti Kapoor, Porochista Khakpour, Soraya Membreno, Kamna Muddagouni, Jamila Osman, Nadia Owusu, Niina Pollari, Krystal A. Sital, Natalia Sylvester, Sharine Taylor, Kenechi Uzor, Steph Wong Ken, and Shing Yin Khor.
Mensah Demary is a founding editor of Catapult magazine and editor at large of Catapult books.
Bix Gabriel is a writer, teacher, fiction editor at The Offing, co-founder of TakeTwo Services, occasional Tweeter, and seeker of the perfect jalebi. She has an MFA in fiction from Indiana University, and is completing a novel involving the war on terror and Bangladesh's 1971 war for independence, set in New York City, Dhaka, and Guantánamo Bay. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in War, Literature & the Arts, Longleaf Review, Catapult, Guernica, and Electric Literature, among other publications.
Niina Pollari is the author of the poetry collection Dead Horse (Birds, LLC, 2015) and, with merritt k, the chapbook Total Mood Killer (Tiger Bee Press, 2017).
Matt Ortile (or-TEE-lay) is the managing editor of Catapult magazine. Previously, he was the founding editor of BuzzFeed Philippines. He is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and his work has appeared in BuzzFeed News, Self, Out, and Into, among others. He graduated from Vassar College, which means he now lives in Brooklyn.