Through writing and visual art, Flycatcher strives to explore what it means—or what it might mean—to be native to this earth and its particular places.
We live in an uprooted time—a time of fragmentation, of hurry, of dissonance—and so truly belonging to a given place might seem impractical if not impossible. (It is no happenstance that Flycatcher emerges from suburban Atlanta, which has been called a “sprawling monster” and, to some, represents the very antithesis of place-based sensibility.)
Indeed, alternative is one of the many buzzwords that characterize our time; it is conventionally considered a positive term, a word that implies a better choice than something outdated, as in “alternative energy” or “alternative magazines.” And that is sometimes true: but it is telling that alternative literally means “other than that which is native.”
Flycatcher believes that before looking to alternatives, we need to better understand what it means to truly belong to our places. We believe, furthermore, that seeking this understanding will sometimes lead to the realization that what we need is to become native rather than to turn away from the native. And we believe that in our time— insomuch as alternative can also mean “radical” or “countercultural”—seeking to become native is perhaps the most alternative thing one can do.
Aside from our focus on nativity and connection to place, we are interested in work that establishes or grapples with a sense of belonging.