Photo provided by Jennifer Clement.

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

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

The Lonely War. Credit: Basic Books

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.

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.

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.

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.

Horacio Castellanos Moya / El Salvador
The Writer’s Block Transcripts: Horacio Castellanos Moya (Part II)
"I am not optimistic about human beings," says Horacio Castellanos Moya in the second part of our interview with the former exiled writer-in-residence and author of The Dream of My Return.
Baltimore Mural. Photo via Flickr User Nick Normal.
Black Words Matter: Baltimore Youth Speak Out
Three poems from Black Words Matter, written by Baltimore students about their experiences with racism and police brutality.
Image courtesy of And Other Stories.
Excerpt from Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera
Makina, a young woman raised in an environment that has taught her how to survive a violent, macho-driven society, is smuggled across the Mexican border into the United States to find her brother in Yuri Herrera's latest novel, about the crossings of Read more...

Literary Voices

  • House of Government, Minsk, Belarus. Photo by Flickr user: Ferry Vermeer.
    Q&A: What It’s Like to be a Journalist in Belarus

    IFEX’s correspondant Caro Rolando interviews Andrei Bastunets, chairperson of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, about how recent media law developments in Belarus are affecting the environment for journalism and information accessibility.