SOME|WHERE is a digital publication featuring four women writers exploring their complex connections to diasporic identity. Maria Isabel Martinez considers those who are affected by the immigrants' arrival to colonial lands such as Canada; Chantelle Blagrove shares the steep price of assimilation paid by her mother when emigrating from Jamaica; Ramna Safeer reflects on her connection to language through her given name & Urdu ghazals; & Danila Botha ruminates on what it means to be a diaspora writer.
Inspired by the Koffler Gallery's 2018 summer exhibition José Luis Torres: Question d'adaptation, SOME|WHERE explores the political & social associations between home, movement & identity, unpacking the challenges many immigrants face, as well as the beauty of locating community.
Maria Isabel Martinez, Chantelle Blagrove, Ramna Safeer, Danila Botha
Editor: Letticia Cosbert Miller
Design: Natasha Whyte-Gray
Maria Isabel Martinez
Maria is a Toronto-based writer. Her work presently deals with identity and explores transformative politics. She sees her writing as care work. You can find her previous writing in Ephemera Magazine, cléo journal, and Noisey.
Chantelle is a writer and poet based in Toronto.
Ramna is a pre-law English student at Queen's University. Her poetry has been published in Atwood Mag, Rising Pheonix Review, Big Lucks & Room Magazine. Her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, Gal-Dem Magazine & Burnt Roti Magazine. If you're trying to find her, look for perpetual coffee-spilling & an unapologetic brownness.
Danila is a fiction writer based in Toronto. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, she has also lived in Israel, and in Nova Scotia. Her first collection of short stories, Got No Secrets, was praised by the Globe and Mail, the Chronicle Herald and the Cape Town Times. It was also named one of Britannica’s Books of the Year (Canadian short stories) in 2011, and was also published in South Africa. Her debut novel, Too Much on the Inside, was shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit award, and won a Book Excellence Award for Contemporary Novel. Her critically acclaimed sophomore collection of short stories, For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I've Known was named a finalist for the 2017 Trillium Awards and the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature. Danila has been the Writer in Residence at Open Book, a Delegate at IFOA, and has contributed to the National Post's The Afterword, the 49th Shelf, the Puritan and more. She has been invited to read at festivals and reading series' across the country. Danila teaches Creative Writing at the University of Toronto and at the Humber School for Writers. She studied Creative Writing at York University, and Humber's School For Writers. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Guelph University. She is also working on her second novel and on a new collection of short stories.