“The landscape takes on a different quality if you are one of those who remember.”  -Raymond Williams

Memory is essential to place-making. It can be intensely personal, shaping how we experience, value and interpret the world. It may be something we strive to keep alive or something we wish to forget. Memory can also be a collective endeavor, inscribed in the landscape through representations that are performative of particular identities and power relations. The ways in which we, individually and collectively, remember and forget the past come to bear upon how we live in and construct the present.

For this issue of you are here, we invite submissions that explore the theme of memory and place in a variety of formats. Some of the questions that we seek to explore: How does memory shape who you are and your relationship to space, place, and landscape? In what ways are collective memories experienced and contested in the context of everyday life? How does the ephemerality of memory—the forgetting, the rewriting, the fabricating—influence your understanding of and interaction with the world?

you are here is an annual publication that focuses on a variety of ideas about how place is interpreted, experienced, and created. Submissions have historically been based in poetry, prose, photography, original artwork and critical commentary. We also encourage entries that utilize new and diverse forms of media including, but not limited to, video, audio, animation, comics, web and graphic design, interactive programming, papier-mâché, etc. Text, video, audio, image, and combinations of these formats will all be considered. This year, the journal will be presented in both a printed version showcasing an abbreviated selection, and an extended online edition highlighting a broader range of submissions.

All submissions must be received by June 1, 2016. Final selections will be made by October 1, 2016. Please note word and file size limits below (please use prudence regarding overall lengths if using multiple media formats). Please include with all submissions a cover letter containing complete contact information. Original material will not be returned unless requested. Submissions may be sent to, or mailed (along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope) to:

you are here
School of Geography and Development
University of Arizona
ENR2 Building, South 4th floor
P.O. Box 210137
Tucson, AZ 85721-0137

We will only consider three poems per author, so please select the work that fits best with the issue theme.

Maximum length is 4,000 words. Shorter selections are more likely to be published. Writers are also encouraged to include photos, artwork, etc. to accompany their piece (following guidelines below).

Images and audiovisual files may be submitted via email if the total file size is less than 5MB. For larger images, our preference is to receive them via google drive. Images must be submitted in a .tiff file format at a resolution of at least 300 dpi at the size they are intended to be viewed online. You may also submit originals through the mail (address below), and you are here will convert them to this format. Audio or film submissions should be limited to 15 minutes; shorter works are welcome.

We encourage you to submit introductory text to accompany your images, film, or sound – please see text guidelines above. Please include your contact information (both email and postal addresses) on electronic or hard copy submissions. Finally, please include a SASE with correct postage if you want your work and/or disk returned to you.

you are here holds first North American rights on all published materials. After publication, you are here retains nonexclusive rights for the continued use of your work in both print and electronic forms. As to all other uses, you retain all rights. If you intend to sell any manuscripts or artwork previously published by you are here, we request that you acknowledge its first appearance in this journal.