Without Borders Newsletter 16
Why should we accept to remain as nobodies?
A time like this last year I had no idea that I would start this publication. I joined medium in January of 2019 but did not commit to writing until September of the same year. Up until that point, I had made a few attempts at starting blogs outside of medium but with the large writing community here I was convinced this had to be the place to start.
I shared a lot of poetry and stories inspired by my own immigrant background but couldn’t really find a publication on medium that published these kinds of stories. I was further motivated by the comments I would receive on my work both positive and negative. One particular comment stuck out to me and propelled the need to create a space where immigrants stories and experiences were shared and celebrated.
“When you change your permanent location you simply become somewhat like marginal and that’s something you should know or cover anyway if you do want to continue with your soul. You are nobody and nothing on a new place — accept it.” — anonymous
This comment was provoking and still is to this day. Anyone who is an immigrant, traveler or has moved outside of their own boundaries understands what it feels like to be a perpetual outsider. To not be accepted. To not be a nobody.
But why should we settle for marginal? Why should we accept to remain as nobodies? Kamala Harris may be the first African American and Asian American (woman)Vice President with an immigrant background but we all know America was built on immigration. Today’s multicultural world exists from the migration of many people in the world’s history. So I guess we are all a bunch of nobodies — to some extent.
Immigrants come with their own identities and although those identities are challenged in a new country — they grow, they persevere and they adapt. So it is hard and unlikely to be just a nobody. We come rich with experience and if we, as immigrants, travelers and people without borders, knew how to leverage our experiences to grow and overcome challenges in a new place — then we would never settle for being nobodies.
This publication exists to celebrate all the stories and experiences that come with being an immigrant, a traveler and a person who is constantly extending their borders. Next month we are going to be a year old and we want to celebrate all the stories and poems that have been published on here and those that will be published in our anniversary and second issue of the Without Borders Magazine coming out in March.
Without Borders Issue 002: Calls For Submissions !!!
The mantra “I can’t wait for the end of 2020” was all everyone seemed to say since the beginning of last year. We finally made it to 2021 but who else feels like a bit of 2020 is spilling into their new year? What can we say for the emotional, mental, physical, social, political, economic and global challenges that we all experienced in 2020? How do we begin to unpack that?
Borders are not just physical limitations but are mental, emotional, social and health challenges and those mentioned above that may affect our everyday lives.
Our next issue of the Without Borders Magazine hopes to be a collective journal of our thoughts, feelings and experiences of 2020 in order to begin to process and overcome the challenges we are still facing in the aftermath of 2020.
Submissions Open — January 15th to February 28th
Content: Stories, Poetry and Experiences of immigrants, travelers and people without borders
Theme: Borders aren’t just physical limitations
How to submit: Send us your draft through our email (Withoutborders94@gmail.com)
Who can submit: Without Borders Writers, Readers and Followers
Here are Our Top Recent Stories
Pick a story or poem that speaks to you then read, comment and support our fellow writers
“The noise around me will be different for few days.
I will be waiting for the correct time so that poems can fall on the page.
It’s that time of the year when there’s lanterns dangling everywhere and streets are alive because of the glimmering lights…”
“I learned to dive in the frigid waters of the North Pacific, wearing three layers totaling twenty-one millimeters of rubbery discomfort over my torso. All that plus a hood, gloves, booties. It was a chore. None of that to bother with this day, though. I wore swim trunks and a t-shirt — the t-shirt so my BC wouldn’t…”
“Killarney National Park, the first national park in Ireland, is a five-minute drive from the Killarney town centre. I recently paid a visit to this stunning park of natural beauty, which is one of the top tourist destinations on the west coast of Ireland. Among many other things, Killarney is known for its three lakes….”
What makes a home?
is it the brown of my body soaked in Chai tea
or is it the reminder that I didn’t pack enough of myself,
and my country to last the length of immigration.
Freedom equips us
with the wings to skydive on any side,
But there are so many boundaries, so many stops
From where would we get the way
from where or within can we take pride?
Meet Our Writers and Editors Series On Instagram
We want to shine a light on the amazing writers and editors who were bold and willing to share their experiences for our inaugural Issue of the Without Borders Magazine. We can’t thank you enough for your amazing work!!!
Meet Writer and Digital Creator — William Samayoa
William Samayoa is a writer and social media storyteller, who previously worked at a film PR firm in Los Angeles, CA. Most recently, he was part of the awards team for the 92nd Oscar’s nominee for Best Documentary Feature For Sama and also worked on Netflix’s Mucho Mucho Amor. Samayoa is a proud alumnus of the Posse Foundation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Gold Program, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
His interest in contributing to the Without Borders publication comes from his belief that writing can transcend ideological, geographical, and cultural boundaries.
“Being Salvadorian means that my spirit is that of a survivor. From my grandma surviving crossing three borders by foot to my mom witnessing carnage as a child through a civil war”- William Samayoa in his article “What Latinx Heritage Month Means To Me As A Salvadorian American” featured in the Without Borders Magazine.
A final note
Let’s welcome new writers — Claudia Connors | The Nomad Nerd, and Elan Cassandra ✨✨✨✨. As always we thank you for your active participation and contribution. Support your fellow writes by reading, sharing, and commenting on their work.
Our stories, poems and experiences are without borders!