Narrative Map

The Great Lakes region is home to country and coastline, cities and hitching posts, sea glass and Petoskey stones, sex trafficking and opioids. Regionally, it is a rainforest of diversity capable of transcending its natural geography through the written word.

If you want to sample that diversity through our Narrative Map Project, here’s how. First, read from the selection of short narrative map essays. Each essay is written about a place in the Great Lakes region.

Then, when you find an essay you like, take a walk with it. Locate on the Google map (see below) the place discussed in the essay. Learn more about that location. Learn about the people and history there. Perhaps you’ll find a new place to vacation or a new inspiration for a poem or piece of fiction. Or just learn a little more about the Great Lakes and take it with you.

Narrative Map Project / Poetry

Ashtabula, Ohio: The Biker

This poem is part of the Great Lakes Review’s Narrative Map project. The bike wobbles as he turns his head to say hello to the girl…

Narrative Map Project / Nonfiction

Marquette, Michigan: Pristine Inland Sea

This essay is part of the Great Lakes Review’s Narrative Map project.  As a lifelong resident of Marquette, Michigan, located on the south shore of Lake…

Narrative Map Project / Poetry

Windsor, Ontario: Mount Francis

This poem is part of the Great Lakes Review’s Narrative Map project. For fourteen weeks the grasses grew so high they turned to accidental prairies. The…