“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.

Happy Labor, Sad Labor: An Interview with Ross Gay
In February, Ross Gay visited Alphabet City to launch his newest release, The Book of Delights, an essay collection in which he explores the ordinary and beautiful moments, things, and people he encounters in his day-to-day life. Prior to [&hellip Read more...
Ambient Buzz: An Interview with Urayoán Noel
  Urayoán Noel’s most recent poetry collection Buzzing Hemisphere / Rumor Hemisférico (2015) has been described by Victor Hernández Cruz as “a stereo ping-pong game between two languages [Spanish and English].” The book features a varie Read more...
On Immigrant Fiction: An Interview with Amitava Kumar
  As I walked up to get my copy of his book signed, Amitava Kumar shifted in his chair, turned to face me and asked: “Have we met before?” We hadn’t, but this is Kumar’s charm […]

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