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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Writing Towards Complexity: A Conversation with José Olivarez

  This series — Latinx & Proud! — is a look into the world of Latinx literature and the poets who use language to explore the boundaries of their communities and identities. By sharing these interviews and articles, we hope […]

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Memories in Exile: Horacio Castellanos Moya on Unraveling Politics and War

by Timmy Miller & Sarah Gross                 The following conversation is part of an ongoing series called Memories in Exile, in which we interview current and former resident writers […]

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Memories in Exile: Tuhin Das on Creating a Beautiful World

  The following conversation is part of an ongoing series called Memories in Exile, in which we interview current and former resident writers who have come to Pittsburgh and lived in exile on Sampsonia Way. The […]

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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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SW Daily

  • Earth Day 2020

    The first line is from Sharon Olds’ poem “Blossom Trees.” by Heather Hahn Do we exist to mourn the earth? Not here. Not in this city. We take what we can get and call it good. […]

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  • APRIL 20

    by Dagny Felker

    “The future can wait until next week I’m busy now burning/ the candle at both ends/ or should I say spluttering/ or should I say biting the wick”

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  • chimera pantoum

    “the protein slapped inside thin elastic pink tracts/ a forgotten closet in her skin tucked into flesh/ in every organ cancerous/ her fetal cells wait/ her skin behind her breast scratched ribs”

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  • Tree of Life

    by Michael Simms

    “When the young man wearing a yarmulke/ Asks Excuse me sir are you Jewish?/ I want to say yes/ I’ve studied history and know/ Something about suffering,/ But that’s not what he means.”

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  • pittsburgh sun

    by Mehrnaz Tiv

    “She flows like petals, just as soft and as sweet,/Drowning these western slopes in lush tonics of springtime./June she blooms, then in august she glows./ The pittsburgh sun sticks like jasmine honey.”

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