Literary Landscapes

Is there a Midwestern author or book that you love? Have you visited their home or made a pilgrimage to their birthplace? Do you share a hometown? On your commute, do you pass by a site from within their writing? Do you live near a site that has been lost or redeveloped? Write about that experience!

We seek brief essays (400-600 words), accompanied by a photo of the site, to publish on The New Territory website for a series called Literary Landscapes. We hope this will develop into an ongoing series on the website, with highlights published in the print magazine. All contributors will receive a one-year New Territory subscription as a thank-you.

It’s essential that this series represent the diversity of the Midwest, including the authors, contributors, and the types of landscapes and visuals that we publish. With that in mind, we especially seek pitches from indigenous, people of color, disabled, and LGBTQ+ contributors.

Here are a few possibilities from The New Territory team. Select one of these or pitch your own! Send inquiries and pitches to Outpost Editor Andy Oler at

A (limited) list of potential sites:
*We will regularly add to this list and remove names/sites that have been “claimed” by a contributor. List last updated 7/8/20.

  • Gwendolyn Brooks (Chicago, IL)
  • Ana Castillo (Chicago, IL)
  • Violet Kazue de Cristoforo (Jerome War Relocation Center, AR)
  • William Cunningham (sites from the Green Corn Rebellion in eastern Oklahoma)
  • Rita Dove (Akron, OH)
  • Louise Erdrich (Birchbark Books or other Minnesota sites)
  • Susan Glaspell (Davenport, IA)
  • Joy Harjo (Tulsa, OK)
  • S.E. Hinton (Tulsa, OK)
  • LeAnne Howe (Edmond or Stillwater, OK)
  • Lawson Fusao Inada (Jerome War Relocation Center, AR)
  • Meridel Le Sueur (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Elmore Leonard (Detroit, MI, or characters from Detroit, Norman, OK, etc.)
  • Janice Mirikitani (Rohwer War Relocation Center, AR)
  • N. Scott Momaday (Lawton, OK)
  • Lorine Niedecker (Black Hawk Island, WI)
  • Ohiyesa/Charles Eastman (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois)
  • Tillie Olsen (Wahoo or Omaha, NE)
  • Otokichi Ozaki (Jerome War Relocation Center, AR)
  • James Whitcomb Riley (Greenfield, IN)
  • Tomás Rivera (Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin)
  • Bienvenido Santos (Iowa City, IA)
  • Hugo Martinez Serros (Chicago, IL, sites related to The Last Laugh and Other Stories)
  • Sara Teasdale (St. Louis, MO)
  • Joyce Carol Thomas (Ponca City, OK)
  • Mark Twain (birthplace in Florida, MO)
  • Taitetsu Unno (Rohwer War Relocation Center, AR)
  • V. “Valhalla” Vale (Jerome War Relocation Center, AR)
  • John Albert Williams (Omaha, NE)
  • Tennessee Williams (St. Louis, MO)
  • Richard Wright (Chicago, IL)
  • Malcolm X (birthplace in Omaha, NE)
  • Ray Young Bear (Meskwaki Settlement, IA)

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