When We Are Lost / How We Are Found: Call for Submissions

Editors: Claudia F. Saleeby Savage & Amanda Reavey
Assistant Editors: Skyler Reed & Nora Boxer

Open for submissions on May 15, 2021
All submissions are due by July 15, 2021

Submissions are now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted! When We Are Lost / How We Are Found is now available at aboutplacejournal.org/issues/when-we-are-lost-how-we-are-found/.

When We Are Lost / How We Are Found

Do we define the earth or does the earth define us? Robin Wall Kimmerer says that “The land knows us, even if we are lost.”

In a time of extreme climate change (where mass fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes are devastating whole ecosystems), extreme consumption (where exploitive mining practices and deforestation provide insatiable communities with everything they “need,” from new phones to no-stir nut butters), and mass migrations, we cannot continue to tell ourselves the same stories about the land. We need to tell ourselves a different story (or remember ones long lost) – one that honors and heals both the earth and ourselves. Gary Nabhan, ethnobiologist, calls this idea Restoryation. According to Robin Wall Kimmerer, these new stories “can become a compass for us” in a time when everyone feels adrift and uncertain.

For this issue of About Place we seek works that reimagine our relationship to the earth. If the land is our body, how can we (in the face of devastation and exploitation) reconnect? Can we still find ways to restore as well as play? How does story allow us to heal?

We invite you to consider self, community, urban spaces, complex microsystems found in nature, history and ancestral/mythic stories, present and ancient spiritual practices, ancient knowledge systems and healing practices – real and imagined.

Desired works

We are looking especially for poetry, artwork, flash fiction (1000 words or less), and shorter essays with 2 discussion questions about Restoryation. Here is a link about Restoryation: https://artlitlab.org/workshops/restoryation-writing-your-origin-story.

Please review About Place Journal’s general guidelines for all genres, and note that any combination of genre pieces must not exceed a total of 5 works.

Issue Editors

Claudia F. Saleeby Savage

Arab American poet, essayist, and performer Claudia F. Savage, M.A. is the author of Bruising Continents (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017), “a love story that reveals eros properly seen is a force as monumental as continental drift,” as well as the chapbooks The Last One Eaten: A Maligned Vegetable’s History (Finishing Line Press, 2005) and the collaborative The Hour of Anjali (Forty Fingers Press, 2006).

Her poetry, essays, and interviews have been published in numerous journals such as BOMB, The Denver Quarterly, Columbia, Nimrod, Water-Stone Review, and Anomaly (where she writes the series, “Witness the Hour: Arab American Poets Across the Diaspora”). She is a member of the Portland-based performance duo Thick in the Throat, Honey and co-runs a parent-artist podcast of the same name. She has performed at festivals such as The Improvisation Summit of Portland and No Fest. Her collaboration with visual artist Jacklyn Brickman, reductions, about motherhood and ephemerality, will be exhibited in 2022.

She’s been awarded honors at Ucross, Jentel, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Mineral School, and University of Oregon and taught through Literary Arts and privately throughout the country.



Amanda Reavey

Amanda Ngoho Reavey is a Philippine-born, Wisconsin-raised poet interested in how we can transform story and myth to reconnect ourselves to the earth. Her debut book, Marilyn (The Operating System, 2015), won the 2017 Best Book Award in Poetry from the Association for Asian American Studies.

Amanda’s poems and essays appear in Construction Literary Magazine, Anthropoid, TRUCK, and Evening Will Come, among others. Most recently, her poems were published in Resist Much, Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance, an anthology assembling the writing of over 350 poets from around the world responding to the 2016 presidential election, and Women:Poetry:Migration (edited by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa), an anthology of 50 women poets living in countries other than the one in which they were born.

Currently, Amanda is a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and working towards certification as an applied poetry facilitator through the International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy. Through her project, RestoryNation, she teaches creative writing workshops that help participants rediscover their origin stories. She earned an MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University.


Assistant Editors

Skyler Reed

Skyler Reed (Paiute / Klamath Tribes) is a Folklife Slam Champion, awardee of the University of Washington iSchool’s Dean’s Fellowship for Library Science, and the founder of Moved By Words, a platform dedicated to finding and sharing new voices in writing communities. Skyler’s currently working on building a network of archivists to distribute indigenous knowledge.


Nora Boxer

Nora Boxer is a PhD candidate in UW-Milwaukee’s creative writing program. Her writing has appeared in Fiolet and Wing: An Anthology of Domestic Fabulism, Catamaran Literary Reader, Pilgrimage, spiral orb: a journal of permaculture poetics, and others. She is a recipient of the Keene Prize for Literature and has been a writer/artist-in-residence at the Art Monastery Project, Maumauworks Istanbul, The Elsewhere Collaborative, and the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony. She teaches at UW-Milwaukee and in the adult education program at City College of San Francisco.


About Place Journal Submission Guidelines

About Place Journal is published twice a year, on May 1 and October 1. A new Call for Submissions is posted twice a year. Please review the current call and follow any specific genres called for in the upcoming issue.

Work can include:

  • Poetry/Lyric: up to 3 pieces which do not exceed 50 lines each. Acceptable file types include doc, docx, txt & rtf. (If your poetry submission contains special formatting, we suggest submitting a PDF in addition to your Word doc).
  • Fiction, essays, creative nonfiction and other prose: up to 3 pieces which do not exceed 4000 words each. Acceptable file types include doc, docx, txt & rtf.
  • Audio/Visual artwork: up to 5 photos, paintings, prints or other forms of art. Acceptable file types include jpg & tiff for art/photography, mp3 for audio and mp4 & mov for video. Please include in your cover letter the name of each artwork.
  • If your submission includes items from several genre categories, the total number of submitted pieces cannot exceed 5.

Each submission must be accompanied by a bio in doc, docx, txt or rtf format. Bios should be in the third person and not exceed 150 words. Please include your website and twitter handle, if desired.

By submitting, you guarantee you hold the rights to the work, and you grant About Place Journal the rights to publish the submitted work. After publication, rights revert to the author. Original, previously unpublished work only. All pieces must be submitted through Submittable.