“Más de una vez me he preguntado qué tipo de escritor hubiera sido, qué tipo de obra hubiera escrito, si no hubiera pasado tantas y tantas horas de mi vida en una barra, en el derroche de las energías vitales y en la saturación de los sentidos.”
“More than once I’ve asked myself what type of writer I might have been, what type of works I might have written, if I hadn’t spent so many hours of my life in a bar, squandering my vital energy and saturating my senses.”
Tienchi Martin-Liao profiles Liu Xia in this week’s column. The wife of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Liu Xiaobo is currently living under house arrest in Beijing. Recently her photography, featuring dolls, was exhibited at the Berlin Literature Festival.
In this interview spoken word poet TJ Dema discusses the changing landscape of Botwana’s poetry, the importance of anthologies, the difficulties of making it as a full-time writer in Botswana, and why she needs to hear words.
Israel Centeno examines the changes that Hugo Chávez has made to Venezuela’s government, including constitutional revisions, and wonders whether, even with a change in leadership, Venezuela can become a democratic state.
“When an artist mourns and eulogizes the death of a brutal dictator, is he denying the suffering that this despotic hero inflicted upon the audience?” Mesfin Negash considers this dilemma in the latest Ethiopiques column.
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.