You Are Here Magazine

About the Journal

You Are Here: The Journal of Creative Geography is published by graduate students in the School of Geography, Development & Environment at the University of Arizona. The journal is an annual publication that seeks to explore the concept of place through articles, fiction, poetry, essays, maps, photographs, and art.

You Are Here encourages submissions from geographers, historians, anthropologists, architects, scientists, writers, artists, and anyone else interested in exploring creative geography.

Call for 2019-2020 Submissions: Recipes for Revival

In the previous two issues of You Are Here, we’ve meditated on notions of war. This is part of an ongoing quest to better understand the motives of violence, xenophobia and the myriad forms that hatred, disrespect and exclusion take. We’ve also fixated on peace. What does peace look like to a people or place fraught with turbulence, marred by wounds of distant or recurrent conflict? Can the individual self ever truly know peace? What would it feel like?

The questions and answers provided by contributing artists/activists/scholars sparked incredible conversations and reflections, but of course—there is no one solution or remedy to the malaise of a society sickened by the ills of capitalism, corruption, bigotry and injustice.

So for the current issue, we shift our attention to recipes for revival. Routinely putting our bodies, words and hearts on the line commonly leads to burnout, discontent or an overall sense that we could be doing more...that what we offer isn’t enough or leading to more immediate change. How do we remain vigilant to the cause? How do we nourish ourselves, our families and communities in order to press on?

Food, foodways and the spaces we tend are the very core of this necessary sustenance. They create opportunities to decolonize our dependencies and break negative emotional and physical cycles so engrained in the everyday. From the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s magazine, Sonorensis:

            Knowledge of drought-resistant crops, strategic agriculture, and expert botanical knowledge are ingrained in indigenous life, song, and ceremony. Native species such as the drought-resistant and protein-packed tepary bean have and will continue to sustain peoples in arid regions. The tepary bean is just one example in a long list of wild and cultivated indigenous foods that are now being used in professional kitchens at the highest level, as well as in the homes of indigenous people...These foods are finding increasing appreciation with the greater public. And these foods and this culture provide opportunities for scientific study, learning, and practice as we enter an age of climate change. Ancestral knowledge is a source of health, not only for indigenous people, but also for our landscapes.

            Just as our biodiversity of flora and fauna is at risk, so is the “biodiversity of thought.” It is not enough for agricultural and food practitioners to simply interact and manage the landscape(s) as dictated by their discipline—be it farming, science, or cooking; it is just as important to have “biodiversity of thought.” A curious and imaginative heart that senses themes of health, art, and indigeneity will help restore the health of both the land and all people. Landscape is the great educator of all people.[1]

For the 2019-2020 issue of You Are Here, we seek your recipes. Be they multi-generational secrets to the perfect stew, or a formula for how to build resilience and fortitude when up against great odds. The landscapes, flavors and memories that inform your past/present/future and help fuel the pursuit of growth. Recipes for revival can take infinite form – as handwritten or typed text, storytelling, poetry, photography, alternative cartography – just to name a few. We hope you will share your ideas with us, and we are receptive to brainstorming with you.


— submissions due before October 30, 2019 —
[digital submissions only. contact us with any/all questions]

[1] Craig, N. (2016). The Resurgance of Indigenous Food-ways: Back to the Roots. Sonorensis Magazine, 9-11. Retrieved April 1, 2019, from

Submission Guidelines

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. Scholarly articles and/or pieces requiring citation should use APA format.

All submissions must be received by October 30, 2019. Please note word and file size limits below (please use prudence regarding overall lengths and file size if using multiple media formats). Please include contact information with all submissions. Submissions must be sent to


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

Fiction, Nonfiction & Essays

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).

Photographs, Art, Maps & Audio/Visual Files

Images and audiovisual files may be submitted via email if the total file size is less than 5 MB. For larger images, our preference is to receive them via Google Drive. Images must be submitted in a .tif 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) with submissions.

Contributor Rights

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.

Ordering Information & Past Issues

We maintain limited supply of past issues. Please contact us with any/all questions regarding ordering your copy. The archive of past issues can be found the You Are Here website.

Contact Us

For more information please contact:

Taylor Miller, editor

You Are Here
School of Geography, Development & Environment
University of Arizona,ENR2 Building, South 4th floor
P.O. Box 210137, Tucson, AZ 85721-0137