A Map Is Only One Story

A Map Is Only One Story

Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home

Nicole Chung, Mensah Demary


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  • Published in time for the fifth anniversary of Catapult's award-winning daily web magazine, A Map Is Only One Story marks the first edition of a series of anthologies collecting important writing from Catapult magazine
  • Writers in this collection are based in cities across the United States, including El Paso, TX; Orem, UT; Los Angeles, CA; Boston, MA; Bloomington, IN; Charleston, SC; and beyond
  • Since 2015, Catapult's daily online magazine has been a publication dedicated to a diverse and talented community of writers, both emerging and established. Founded by Yuka Igarashi and Mensah Demary, and now led by editor in chief Nicole Chung (All You Can Ever Know), Catapult magazine writers have won major writing awards and been honored with multiple Pushcart Prizes and Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories selections. Writers, agents, publishers, and MFA programs alike recognize the quality and perspective implied by a Catapult byline, and more than a few writers have secured agents and book deals as a result of their publications in Catapult magazine
  • This anthology is wide-ranging and deeply personal, featuring narratives that move the conversation around identity and belonging past the reductive black and white of partisan politics (especially welcome in the 2020 election cycle). A Map Is Only One Story offers twenty human faces, twenty human stories on what has become a hard-line and overly polarized topic
  • Included in this collection are Nadia Owusu, 2019 Whiting Award winner; Jennifer S. Cheng, a multi-award-winning author whose collection, House A, was selected by Claudia Rankine as the winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize; Victoria Blanco, finalist for the 2016 PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Prize; Jamila Osman, short-listed for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize; Nur Nasreen Ibrahim, producer of the Peabody Award–winning show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj; and many more
  • A Map Is Only One Story includes a twelve-page, full-color comic by Shing Yin Khor (https://shingkhor.com/comic), and examples are available in our sales materials now
  • Contributors are located in the following areas:
  • Austin, TX: Natalia Sylvester
  • Brooklyn, NY: Nadia Owusu, Niina Pollari, Nur Nasreen Ibrahim
  • Charleston, SC: Cinelle Barnes
  • Chicago, IL: Nina Coomes
  • Gaithersburg, MD: Nicole Chung
  • Los Angeles, CA: Soraya Membreno
  • Minneapolis, MN: Victoria Blanco
  • Portland, OR: Jamila Osman
  • Salt Lake, UT: Kenechi Uzor
  • San Francisco, CA: KJennifer S. Cheng
  • San Leandro, CA: Lauren Alwan
  • Springfield, NJ: Krystal A. Sital
  • Los Angeles, CA: Shing Yin Khor
  • CANADA: Steph Wong Ken (Calgary, Alberta), Sharine Taylor (Pickering, Ontario)
  • PORTUGAL: Deepti Kapoor (Lisboa)
  • Bookseller Praise for A Map Is Only One Story

    "A Map Is Only One Story is an anthology that perfectly encapsulates what Catapult creates on their online platform—diverse voices telling complicated, beautiful stories. These stories on immigration are so important for our time, and each story is as engaging and original as the last." —Liesel Hamilton, Old Town Books (Alexandria, VA)

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