This is the Place is a collection of essays exploring home, from a diverse collection of writers. Home is a loaded word, and a complex idea for most of us: it's a place that can be safe, sentimental, difficult, nourishing, war-torn, or long-lost. It's a place to escape and a place to create. I believe that The essays cover topics like the bonds we form with our stuff, the smells and sounds we crave, the people and plants we cultivate, the qualities that develop because we hail from one place or another. Home and family topics that are toothsome, they are hot and present in our rapidly shifting world of self-definition; Wherever I'm With You touches on the many ways that home impacts the rest of our lives, with so many angles for reader interest and media coverage.
Margot Kahn is a writer-in-residence with Seattle Arts & Lectures and the author of the biography Horses That Buck: The Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith.Kelly McMasters is the author of WELCOME TO SHIRLEY, one of Oprah's top 5 summer memoirs in 2012; her work has appeared in the NYTimes, Paris Review, Tin House, and many others. Both editors hold MFAs from Columbia University.