About The Usonian

The Usonian is the official newsletter of writer, journalist, and screenwriter Harrison Blackman. “Usonia” was a word coined in 1903 by a writer named James Duff Law as an alternative name for the United States of America. The Usonian spotlights compelling issues about storytelling and design to help strive for a better world.

Newsletters come out on a bimonthly basis on Thursdays at noon ET. If you subscribe, each new edition of the newsletter goes directly to your inbox.

© Harrison Blackman, 2022.

Harrison Blackman earned an MFA from the University of Nevada, Reno and graduated from Princeton University. A Fulbright fellow, Harrison’s work has also been supported by grants from the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Truman Library Institute. His writing has appeared in such publications as The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Brooklyn Rail, Literary Hub, The Santa Fe New Mexican, and Ploughshares; he also consults on film and TV projects.

Harrison’s professional website can be found at harrisonblackman.com. His Medium blog can be found here. He can be found on Twitter at @HWBMan.

Be sure to check out The Cyprus Files, a limited newsletter series that exists as a subset of The Usonian’s main mission—dispatches from Harrison’s Fulbright year on the island of Aphrodite.

In 2023, The Usonian launched a new series, The World Planner, about the life and times of global architect and planner Constantinos Doxiadis (1913-1975).

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Storytelling and Design from the Edge


Harrison Blackman

Writer, screenwriter of cities, Mediterranean, suspense. Fulbright fellow, MFA at University of Nevada, Reno, Princeton grad. Follow my work on THE USONIAN.