A word about…words. Specifically, the heavily saddening and angering words occupying headlines and constellations of hashtags in the twitterverse over the past few days: World Food Day, International Day to Eradicate Poverty, famine, refugees, the Horn of Africa, crisis. “Awareness” and “Activism” seem like heavy words these days, full of either rage or depression. But awareness is not just grief and statistics, which too often lead to an immobilizing depression of their own. So, a […]

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§538 · November 28, 2011 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


Dear Ones, A great many exciting things have happened this fall! Not only did my nomination of Tumen Ulzei Bayunmend, an exiled dissident writer from China’s Inner Mongolia, secure him a prestigious Human Rights Watch Hellman/Hammett Grant, but I was just informed that “Odette”, my nonfiction piece about meeting a refugee sex worker in Nairobi, has been nominated for the AWP Intro Journal Award. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it makes its […]

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§532 · November 6, 2011 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·