“Making Love in Spanish”: A Poem by Jennifer Clement

Read a poem by Jennifer Clement, poet and former president of PEN Mexico.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Complicated Risk: An Interview with Pedro X. Molina
If I love Nicaragua, I must criticize Nicaragua — Nicaragua, as a society, as a government —  because I care about it. ... No healthy patriotism comes from the notion that the things you love are above critique. Where there is injustice, oppress Read more...
Tugging & Pulling: An Interview With Melissa Lozada-Oliva
"We are trying our best to bring forth every strand of Latinidad and also be able to put the idea of "Latinidad" under a microscope and criticize it and dig up its dirt and try to shut down anti-blackness. We're starting to come to terms with the fac Read more...
Roslyn Bernstein Explores Jennifer Clement’s Fight for Freedom of Expression
  When I first met Jennifer Clement, our conversation swirled from nostalgic memories of New York City to the vital work she’s done as president of PEN International. We met this past February in the Lafayette […]

Literary Voices

  • The Complicated Risk: An Interview with Pedro X. Molina

    If I love Nicaragua, I must criticize Nicaragua — Nicaragua, as a society, as a government —  because I care about it. … No healthy patriotism comes from the notion that the things you love are above critique. Where there is injustice, oppression, flawed systems within your society, country, government, religion, family, we must speak out.

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  • Tugging & Pulling: An Interview With Melissa Lozada-Oliva

    “We are trying our best to bring forth every strand of Latinidad and also be able to put the idea of “Latinidad” under a microscope and criticize it and dig up its dirt and try to shut down anti-blackness. We’re starting to come to terms with the fact that Latinx isn’t a race, even if it is a marginalized group heavily targeted by the president. Everything is constantly redefining itself and it’s nice to be a part of the cycle.” 

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  • Writer’s Block: Cornelius Eady

    In this Writer’s Block, recorded and taped in the summer of 2019, Cornelius Eady discusses his creative influences, his writing process, and how Cave Canem has evolved over the years.  Interview by Rosa Williamson-Rea and Maggie […]

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