The Journey of Burmese Writer Khet Mar in Pictures

by Sampsonia Way    /  June 10, 2011  / No comments




Since she was 19-years-old, Khet Mar has been persecuted by the Burmese government. As a journalist, political activist, novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist, she has been arrested, tortured, incarcerated and threatened. In 2007, she was interrogated by intelligence officers for 20 straight hours before being released. Afraid she would be arrested again, she left her country to become the writer-in-residence at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh.

She has authored three collections of short stories, a volume of essays and the novel Wild Snowy Night, and her work been translated into Japanese, Spanish and English.

In an interview last year with Sampsonia Way, Khet Mar detailed the ways in which the Burmese government has impacted her life, oppressed the Burmese people and created a reign of terror. The interview offered a glimpse into life under the regime of the Burmese military junta, including how the publishing industry operates under the thumb of government censors.

The above quotes and pictures summarize those experiences.

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Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh that seeks to protect and advocate for writers who may be endangered, to educate the public about threats to writers and literary expression, and to create a community in which endangered writers thrive and literary culture is a valued part of life.

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