The first thing to know about Trop is that most of us are fiction writers, loyal to our voices before anything, and to putting into the world exactly what we want to show. We exercise this total freedom in our columns, which range from a diary of a land defined by its grocer to a full-blown serial novel, with everything else in between, and no lines drawn between fiction and fact.
To contextualize our expressive approach to content, we balance ourselves with commentary, which happens in the form of reviews, interviews, and essays.
The second thing to know about Trop is that we’re spread all over the States. Our diffuse geographical distribution was just a bit of happenstance, but we think it’s an asset, so we made depiction of place a priority. We hope that, by collecting the voices of our various pockets, from Chicago to New Orleans to Los Angeles, we’ll knit ourselves together and become a greater fabric.
As for our name. Trop is short for the place where the group of us first collaborated—Metropolis Café in Milledgeville, Georgia, where we put on a series of variety shows as The Downtown Metropolis House Players Players Club.