Why We Write: Inside the Creative Process with the Poet Laureates for Allegheny County

To conclude a year of poetry, we’ve explored the broad philosophical questions of how someone becomes a poet and what it means to sojourn through the creative process. We posed these questions to Allegheny county’s four poet laureates; Vincent Folkes, Paloma Sierra, Mj Shahen, and Celeste Gainey.

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Love, Imprisonment, & Exile: In Conversation with Fatemeh Ekhteseri

“I was sentenced to 99 lashes just for shaking hands with the opposite sex. … In another instance, when I sent my book to get permission to be published, they censored some of my words. As a woman, if I imagine or write about a romantic connection between two people, it’s censored.”

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Paleontologist’s Palette

by Joseph Szalinski

Wing nights attract like tree stars; barstools and booths become bonafide Bedrocks; boasts of the best are shared like rumors and maps to Skull Island. Roars of napkin-muffled belches and a show-and-tell of aromas greet festive company ready to make flavorful discoveries buried in meat instead of layers of crumbly history. Saucy archaeologists whose only tested faith is in their own ability to devour dozens of drums and flats. Dig-Dugs of dry rubs, rattling off crazy culinary nomenclature as difficult as Latin terminology.

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Dancing for Beauty: A Conversation with Photojournalist Amira Al-Sharif

“So by the end of the day, you are just their mirrors, and what you do is just a reflection of who they are. And in fact, it is also a reflection of who you are.”

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On Bryan Fogel’s “The Dissident”: To Find Justice for Jamal Khashoggi, More Must Be Done

The way in which Bryan Fogel portrays the complex constellations of power —  from the press corps to the Saudi crown to the White House —  reveals a clear story of how murky the issues of free speech and dissent can be. Though the events surrounding Khashoggi’s death are complicated, Fogel makes one thing definite: more must be done. 

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Why We Write: Inside the Creative Process with the Poet Laureates for Allegheny County
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To conclude a year of poetry, we’ve explored the broad philosophical questions of how someone becomes a poet and what it means to sojourn through the creative process. We posed these questions to Allegheny county’s four poet laureates; Vincent Folkes, Paloma Sierra, Mj Shahen, and Celeste Gainey Read more... Read more...
On Bryan Fogel’s “The Dissident”: To Find Justice for Jamal Khashoggi, More Must Be Done
by  / April 1, 2021
The way in which Bryan Fogel portrays the complex constellations of power —  from the press corps to the Saudi crown to the White House —  reveals a clear story of how murky the issues of free speech and dissent can be. Though the events surrounding Khashoggi’s death are complicated, Fogel m Read more... Read more...

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    by Joseph Szalinski

    Wing nights attract like tree stars; barstools and booths become bonafide Bedrocks; boasts of the best are shared like rumors and maps to Skull Island. Roars of napkin-muffled belches and a show-and-tell of aromas greet festive company ready to make flavorful discoveries buried in meat instead of layers of crumbly history. Saucy archaeologists whose only tested faith is in their own ability to devour dozens of drums and flats. Dig-Dugs of dry rubs, rattling off crazy culinary nomenclature as difficult as Latin terminology.

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    by M. Christine Benner Dixon

    “how many tiny bees/ have gotten that far/ and starved by the journey/ eaten shadow pollen/           never to return/ through her bright horn”

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