“[T]he book totally disarmed me….we see the outline of the true, full spirit of this amazing, turbulent place, and the stories of the myriad souls who have helped color it.” – Seattle Weekly
“[It’s] more than a book–it’s a collection of love letters to what we’ve lost.” – Seattle Times
“…striped with a sense of life and urgency.” – CityLab (from The Atlantic)
“A tripartite art engine …. a collection of memories that might help us all see some of the commonalities between our many experiences of our many Seattles.” – The Stranger
“Ghosts paints a complex picture of the cultures and subcultures that Seattle has fostered over the years.” – Curbed Seattle
Our (no longer active) submissions process is below, for posterity.
On its most basic level, an atlas is a book of maps and charts. But the best atlases, the ones we pore over in libraries, feature glossy pictures, descriptions of the land, economy, and cultural traditions. They interpret the meaning that places hold, putting them into context for an outsider. The Ghosts of Seattle Past anthology instead aims to archive our beloved city for its insiders. We wish to bring into focus the memories Seattleites have of places they have lost to development, and to create a communal art piece that houses our nostalgia, our stories, our home as we once knew it.
If you have lived in Seattle awhile, chances are, you have mourned the passing of a favorite music venue, art gallery, record store, restaurant, coffee shop, bar, bookstore, clothing shop, gathering place—a place that made Seattle unique, a place that felt like yours.
The Ghosts of Seattle Past invites you to share your memories of those spaces here. Upload your photographs, drawings, and memorabilia. Write just a few lines, or submit a long-form essay celebrating a place you held dear. Use the medium that tells your story best.
Your contributions will be curated into a living atlas to tour galleries and festivals, until it is overflowing with our collective nostalgia and stories. At that point, we will add our hand-drawn neighborhood maps of the places you’ve pinned. Then it will be published as an anthology by Chin Music Press, and made available far and wide.
PLEASE SUBMIT BELOW! And stay tuned for excerpts from our anthology-in-progress…