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“Making Love in Spanish”: A Poem by Jennifer Clement

Read a poem by Jennifer Clement, poet and former president of PEN Mexico.

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The Lonely War: One Woman’s Struggle for Modern Iran

I was born a few days before the end of 1970, but as it is for every Iranian of my generation, my story truly begins with the revolution. The events of 1979 transformed our world in ways that we are still struggling to understand.

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Censors at Work

Excerpt: Censors At Work: How States Shaped Literature

Robert Darnton’s new book examines the effect state censorship had on literature in Communist East Germany, antebellum France, and 18th century colonial India.

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The Village Indian

The Village Indian by Abbas Khider

The Village Indian tells author Abbas Khider’s own story of exile. With elements of both tragedy and comedy, the following excerpt – Chapter 6: The Miracles – details the many “miracles” that allow Khider’s fictional protagonist, Rasul Hamid, to flee from Iraq to Germany.

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Bones Will Crow

Bones Will Crow Revisited: Poems from Khin Aung Aye and Pandora

Two poems from Bones Will Crow, the first anthology of contemporary Burmese poetry translated into English: “Achilles’ Heel” by Khin Aung Aye and “The Sniper” by Pandora. Both poems are translated by the poet Ko Ko Thett.

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The Writer’s Block: Jennifer Clement
In this edition of The Writer's Block, former PEN Mexico president Jennifer Clement discusses the writing process behind her novel Prayers for the Stolen.
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Book Picks 2014: The Salon Readings at City of Asylum
Sampsonia Way presents the ultimate book list based on the Salon Readings that City of Asylum/Pittsburgh held during 2014. Each of the books on the list was written, edited, or translated by the stellar lineup of invited writers, journalists, and tra Read more...

Literary Voices

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    Poems in Exile: Elham Malekpoor

    “I send all dried fruits to the soldiers before they rot / So it can fashion the tongue to speak.” Here are two new poems by Elham Malekpoor, an exiled Iranian poet and LGBT and human rights activist.

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  • Unjuried and Uncensored: An Interview with AS220’s Bert Crenca
    The 10 Most Popular Interviews of 2014

    This year, we spoke to poets, journalists, filmmakers and novelists from India to Morocco, from France to Iran. We talked about revolution, the forgotten history of the United Farm Worker Movement in Texas, hereditary exile, writing as an act of defiance, and much more.

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