Issue No. 3 – February 2011

Our third issue of Global Graffiti features an exciting mix of essays, reviews, translation, poetry, fiction, and photography that focuses on migration in its various iterations.  Migration has played an important role throughout human history, but it seems to be even more relevant today as we navigate increasingly globalized lives.  It has also been a source of tension, especially in times like the present when economic problems tend to seek scapegoats.  Nonetheless, the encounters caused by migration are productive sites for defining identities.  The pieces included in this issue look at the subject of migration from a variety of perspectives, investigating how physical movement affects the individual migrant as well as the host societies.

The first piece we have included in this issue, which we are excited to share with our readers, is a set of six microfictions by Argentinean writer Ana María Shua.  These delightfully short stories, which recall some of the best work of Calvino and Borges, engage with questions of migration in a sly way.  Among the characters featured in these pieces are interplanetary visitors who ask the reader to question her/his preconceptions.

Next up, we have a trio of pieces related to contemporary immigration to Italy. David Sharp’s essay entitled “Racism, Italian Style” reflects on Italian immigration through a discussion of Gianrico Carofiglio’s legal thriller Involuntary Witness (2002).  Giulia Po’s translation of Moira Adriana Pulino’s “Nocturne,” a short story published by Eks&Tra (an Italian association that promotes intercultural awareness in part through writing workshops for migrant writers), focuses on the geography of memory as it follows the experiences of an immigrant to Italy and his soliloquy to Soledad, the embodiment of his solitude.  Finally, we have Monica Hanna’s review of a new novel by Amara Lakhous, an Algerian-born writer and journalist who has lived in Rome for the past 15 years and now publishes works in Italian.   Lakhous’s novel investigates not just the experience of immigrants in Italy, but also the effect of their presence on Italian society overall.

We are also proud to feature poetry by two southern California-based poets; we have three poems by Amy Uyematsu and a poem by Tracy Darling entitled “Migration.”

"LAPD Copter - Palm Leaves" - Photo by John Nyboer

Additionally, throughout this issue we are featuring the photography of John Nyboer, including a selection from four of his photographic series which investigate western migrations within the United States in search of the “American Dream.”

We hope that you enjoy this issue and send along any comments to globalgraffmag@gmail.com.  Keep an eye out for our next issue, which will focus on cities.  Make sure to contact us if you’re interested in submitting.

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