This cluster of "Life Stories from the Creole City" brings together essays that focus on fi gures negotiating subjectivity within different "creole cities" at specifi c historical junctures, as these urban spaces become compelling sites for narrating subjectivity in negotiation with forces of globalization, diaspora, and cosmopolitanism. The essays variously illuminate the diffi culties and payoffs associated with narrating lives in—and of—porous urban space.