What Will Stand: Songs from (F)light, a Collaborative Borderlands Song Cycle


  • Eric Magrane University of Arizona
  • Wendy Burk University of Arizona
  • Erica Quin-Easter Independent Composer


borderlands, creative geography, songs, narrative, geopoetics


(F)light: a borderlands song cycle is a creative response to migration. We wrote and composed the cycle of nine songs in relation to two particular borders: those between Arizona, United States and Sonora, Mexico; and Maine, United States and New Brunswick, Canada. The songs address borders, geopolitics, mobility, emotion, and narrative. We briefly contextualize our collaboration on (F)light and then share three songs from the project, as scores and as sound files performed by Women in Harmony, a women’s chorus in Portland, Maine.

Author Biographies

Eric Magrane, University of Arizona

Phd candidate, School of Geography and Development
Graduate Research Associate, Institute of the Environment

Wendy Burk, University of Arizona

Librarian, Poetry Center




How to Cite

Magrane, E., Burk, W., & Quin-Easter, E. (2016). What Will Stand: Songs from (F)light, a Collaborative Borderlands Song Cycle. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 15(2), 482–510. Retrieved from https://acme-journal.org/index.php/acme/article/view/1187



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