Once upon a time, Orion published a regular department in the print magazine called The Place Where You Live. Though the department was discontinued for a while in the early 2000s, we’ve been asked about its fate ever since—and reminded by readers of how important it was to them.
So we’ve brought it back. This is a space for you to tell us about your place: What connects you to it? What history does it hold for you? What are your hopes and fears for it? What do you do to protect it, or prepare it for the future, or make it better?
A few of the contributions we receive will appear in the print edition of Orion, and will be considered for the magazine on a rolling basis. The Place Where You Live is published in every issue of Orion as well as online—click on the map above to find entries from all over the world.
Also, in a new collaboration begun in 2012, some contributors will be invited to read their entries aloud on the nationally syndicated (U.S.) public radio show Living on Earth. Listen to a selection of those segments here.
Please consider these guidelines before posting an entry:
- Your contribution can take the form of a short essay of up to 350 words, and may include photographs, a painting, drawing, or handmade map.
- The work submitted must be your own, or you must have rights to reuse or publish the work.
- We cannot offer technical support.
- Some entries may be selected for inclusion in Orion magazine (which is one of the reasons we ask for your name and contact information).
- We will remove rude, objectionable, advertising/commercial-focused, or distasteful entries.
- Once you have crafted your contribution—please include your first and last name—submit it by clicking on “Submit” below.