“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: 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.


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.

Partial Claims: A Q&A with Peter Ho Davies
Author Peter Ho Davies speaks about the question of appropriation in fiction, the tension between how one sees themselves and how others perceive them, and the value of even flawed representations in writing and in pop culture.
Two Poems Read by Ekiwah Adler-Belendez
Mexican-American poet Ekiwah Adler-Belendez reads two of his poems as part of City of Asylum's annual Jazz Poetry Month.
Three Short Stories by Osama Alomar
Never before published fiction by Syrian writer-in-residence Osama Alomar, from The Teeth of the Comb and Other Stories.

Literary Voices

  • This is How I Remember It

    “This is how I remember it, Bisi. This is how you left me: you pulled on your dress. You slipped on your shoes. You grabbed your bag. You picked up your phone. You walked out of the door.”