What gives a city, town, or region its character? How do artists engage place in their works? Does location matter? In the Winter 2013 issue of South Writ Large, contributors reflect on “sense of place,” as it exists in the realm of memory and imagination as much as in mere latitude and longitude. Contributor Michael Malone says, “Landscape is an invaluable gift to a writer. But distance from that landscape can also open doors to roads otherwise never taken, and so making ‘all the difference.’” This issue’s contributors consider a Baptist church in Charlotte, North Carolina; the coal town of Grundy, Virginia; the South Carolina Lowcountry; and a nineteenth-century Nigerian village. They map historical topography to discern how the familiar terrain of Civil War history is shifting; they analyze films that erase the beloved features of distinctive cities like New Orleans; and they explore the way architecture, the most concrete art of form, defines place. Take a walk with them and see what sense of place means to you.