The Burnaway Reader is an annual print publication that features long-form essays, interviews, artist projects, and other stories related to the magazine’s three annual themes. After a brief period of print publishing from 2013-2014, Burnaway revived the Reader in 2019 with an ambitious new format and scope. Each year, the Burnaway Reader creates a physical record of the organization’s online publishing and provides an opportunity to commission ambitious new, print-exclusive projects. 

After another year of distance and isolation, Burnaway has slowly returned to seeing each other again, seeing you again. In this fourth edition of Burnaway’s print publication titled Where I’m Calling From – from the Raymond Carver story of the same name – we are taking stock of how we are doing, and what the news on the ground across our coverage area is. Printed on paper reminiscent of the Yellow Pages with a matching bright cover, Where I’m Calling From continues the evolution of Burnaway’s print publication as a gorgeous, bespoke object hailing a new Southern sensibility that Burnaway’s audience is known for.

Including in this volume are stories on sonic traditions in Jamaica, reflections on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Pride of Portsmouth, Virginia’s — Missy Elliot — debut album Supa Dupa Fly, parrot tourist traps in Florida, The City Behind the Fence in Tennessee, fairies in the Ozark Mountains, the last dogtrot houses in North Carolina, the Hot Boyz of New Orleans, and the destructive strip-mining of Twilight III in West Virginia.

Existing between the space occupied by periodicals, academic journals, and art objects, Where I’m Calling From covers thirteen states plus the Caribbean, and is carried by public and private universities, large-scale institutions, DIY spaces, private collectors, and a thoughtful, curious cultural audience.

If you would like to purchase Where I’m Calling From for wholesale please email [email protected].

Previous editions of the Burnaway Reader are available for purchase in our Shop.

Current and former stockists of the Burnaway Reader include:

Atlanta Contemporary
Birmingham Museum of Art
Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center
Charis Books and More

The Concern Newsstand
For Keeps Bookstore
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
QuickQuick (closed)
Whitney Museum of American Art