Ends on July 1, 2017

Editor: Santi Elijah Holley & Erica Trabold (Guest Editors)
Deadline: July 1, 2017

What material do you find yourself revisiting when you sit down to write? Which memories have transformed into the kind of stories could you tell again and again? Nonfiction writing often resembles the process of REUSE -- an act that is both intentional and responsible in a consumer-based society. A story that is familiar informs an idea that is new, a question that is old leads to an answer more complex than it first appeared. Reusing denies the disposal of what may be considered imperfect or messy, and instead embraces change. Further, the subjects nonfiction writers are able to surmount often have real-world consequences -- climates changing, landscapes depleting, entire cultures obsessing over what is “new and improved.” The writer remains in the unique position to comment on the more challenging aspects of culture.

Remembering. Reimagining. Researching. Rearranging.

For this issue of Proximity, we are looking for submissions that showcase nonfiction’s relationship to REUSE and all its permutations. What reusable materials -- papers, plastics, forms, styles, memories, fashion, family heirlooms -- can help reveal something important about the larger world? We want writing that is interested in what emerges, or reemerges, from the process of reflection and rediscovery.

And because Proximity is interested in nonfiction with a strong sense of place, we are especially excited to read work that touches on issues related to land and the environment.

Guest Editor SANTI ELIJAH HOLLEY has contributed fiction, essays, and journalism to Tin House, VICE, Pacifica Literary Review, Monkeybicycle, SmokeLong Quarterly, and NAILED, among other places. He is a contributing writer for The Portland Mercury, Portland's alternative weekly newspaper, and a contributing writer for Los Angeles-based ENDPAIN. A recipient of the 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship, Holley lives in Portland, Oregon.

Guest Editor ERICA TRABOLD is a writer of family and memory at work on a collection of essays that populate the Midwestern landscape with prairie flowers, young girls, and an investigation of friendship and motherhood. Her essays have appeared in Proximity, Seneca Review, and The Collagist, and are forthcoming in Passages North, South Dakota Review, and an anthology of lyric essays by Tinderbox Editions. A Nebraska native, Erica currently lives in Oregon, where she graduated with an MFA from Oregon State University and served as the nonfiction editor of 45th Parallel Magazine. She writes for the Pleiades Book Review and was a 2016 artist-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. 

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