On my second trip to Porto, I dug into the literary history of the city and found activist and poet Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. When I turned a corner and saw her face painted on a window, I knew I’d made the right choice.
It was only a matter of time before I sat down with Mark Twain, one of the literary giants of Northern Nevada. He and I drank in a bunch of saloons as I learned about Virginia City in its heyday.
On my recent trip to New Orleans, I spent some time with Alice Dunbar-Nelson, who proved to be an excellent guide to her hometown, in this piece from the BLARB.
I make a point of reading literature from places I visit, and I try to choose important locations in which to do that reading while I’m traveling. I went to Vienna and met up with Rilke while there, for the LARB.