The Writer’s Block: A Video Q&A with Birgül Oğuz and Armen of Armenia

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Turkish writer Birgül Oğuz, winner of the European Union Prize for Literature, is the author of Fasulyenin Bildiği, or What the Bean Knows, (2007) and Hah (2012). Armen of Armenia, who incorporates his nationality into his penname’s wordplay, is a political activist and the author of a collection of interactive short stories entitled The Return of Kikos (2013) and the novel Mommyland (2015). His work was selected to appear in the 2015 edition of Best European Fiction. Birgül and Armen visited City of Asylum Pittsburgh as residents of the International Writer’s Program at the University of Iowa.

Sampsonia Way interviewed the two writers about their countries’ troublesome history, the manifestation of political conditions in their writing, and literature as a conduit to dissidence and change.

  1. About The Writer’s Block
  2. The Writer’s Block is an ongoing video series of interviews with visiting writers at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. In these Q&A’s, conducted on Sampsonia Way, writers sit down with us to discuss literature, their craft, and career.
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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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