Nowhere started as a web zine in 2009. We reached out to our favorite authors and asked for submissions. Then we threw parties in Brooklyn to pay for production costs. Five years later we have 20,000 readers in 129 countries. Our stories are written by authors from Syria, Paris, Haiti, New York, Montana and Libya – about adventures in Iran, Hollywood, Siberia, Japan and more. In November, 2012 we relaunched the magazine as a downloadable digital quarterly.
The new Nowhere is a unique, HTML5 tablet magazine—designed specifically for the iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Nook, Galaxy and every other computer and device out there. The new format includes pages that look and turn like a magazine; embedded multi-media content like music, interviews, video and slideshows; high-resolution imagery; and several new departments.
Founder and editor Porter Fox has worked as a travel journalist for 20 years. He created Nowhere with a group of like-minded writers, editors, producers and designers to create a new kind of travel magazine—something more engaging, authentic and diverse. The magazine publishes five to 10 articles in each issue, including travelogues, journal excerpts, profiles, conversations, reviews and even notes… We illustrate stories with found objects brought back from the field, and include multi-media elements with each piece.
We ran Blaise Cendrars’ “The Prose of the Trans-Siberian” in a recent issue; Arthur Bradford on a journey to the Home Depot in Portland, Oregon; Paul Violi driving across Iran in 1968; and Syrian poet Hasiba Abd al-Rahman on his return to Damascus. In the Fall 2012 issue a writer visits a Kurdish rebel camp in Iraq; David Farley explores the underbelly of Ensenada, Baja; and Nick Flynn presents collages he made on a remote island off the coast of Tanzania.
We are in a unique position, in that the borderless nature of the Internet fits our content and mission perfectly. We are a magazine about the world. We distribute content to the world. The Nowhere staff values the ties that travel and cultural exchange foster. Digital publishing and compelling storytelling allow us to help cultivate those ties—on a global level. The new HTML5 edition allows us to do it more evocatively and efficiently than ever before.
Our writers—and readers—are the kind of people who still look out a plane window in awe. We don’t just see places, we see people, culture, diversity and commonality. Travel to us—like any good pastime—is a game of reinvention, of who you are and how you interact with your world. We’d like readers to interact with the new Nowhere in a similar way.