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

  • Between Ordinary

    By Meg Booth

    I see you as
    Light resting on a brick wall,
    Pieces of the sky in

    Between

    A tangle of branches,
    Stretched clouds on lazy days,
    Dried tulip petals pressed

    Between

    Glass to preserve the spring.
    An inhale before the notes escape.
    The hum of a song stuck

    Between

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  • Anniversary

    by Jason Irwin All day I felt the need to call you, as if there was something important I should say. How to explain this restlessness, this feeling of being stranded when all around me the […]

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  • A neighborhood cut down

    by Frank G. Karioris

    The smell of trees & nature holds the air steady
            juniper, maple, & pine.

    Quiet is disrupted by mechanical whirs & hums
    of machines digging ground outwards. …

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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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