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Love, Imprisonment, & Exile: In conversation with Fatemeh Ekhteseri

Love, Imprisonment, & Exile: In conversation with Fatemeh Ekhteseri

Natalie Frank
May 6, 2021
Fatemeh Ekhtesari is an Iranian poet, artist, and human rights activist who was forced to flee Iran after she was charged with “insulting sanctities” in her poetry and sentenced to 11 1/2 years in prison and 99 lashes. Now in Lillehammer, Norway, Ekhtesari is working on a collection of personal ...
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Dancing for Beauty: A Conversation with Photojournalist Amira Al-Sharif

Dancing for Beauty: A Conversation with Photojournalist Amira Al-Sharif

Renee Cantor
April 14, 2021
Amira Al-Sharif is an independent photojournalist from Yemen who has dedicated her career to documenting the lives and fortitude of women. In her photos, she finds beauty where others see pain. Through her photographs, she invites her viewers into a world of beauty and emotional complexity. With her thoughtful attention ...
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On Bryan Fogel’s “The Dissident”: To Find Justice for Jamal Khashoggi, More Must Be Done

On Bryan Fogel’s “The Dissident”: To Find Justice for Jamal Khashoggi, More Must Be Done

Delilah Bourque
April 1, 2021
In the months following the mysterious disappearance of Saudi-Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018, Khashoggi’s colleagues at the Washington Post ran full-page ads that asked the question: “Where is Jamal?” Around the same time, The National Inquirer leaked sexually explicit texts by Amazon ...
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The Many Complexities of Bewketu Seyoum

The Many Complexities of Bewketu Seyoum

Sampsonia Way Staff
February 25, 2021
Bewketu Seyoum is an Ethiopian poet, novelist, and socio-political satirist. He is the author of four volumes of poetry, two novels, two collections of short fiction, and numerous essays. Currently, he’s an ICORN Writer-In-Residence at Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum, where he’s recently completed a book of poems about life in ...
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Douglas Ridloff at Play: The Poet Brings ASL Slam to the World

Douglas Ridloff at Play: The Poet Brings ASL Slam to the World

Craig Hayes II
November 11, 2020
Poetry is art that survives the heartbeat of its potter. From prehistoric engravings to pixelated images dancing across smartphone screens, its evolution is dynamic and fluid, creating spaces for those who are in danger of being silenced. It is in this spirit that American Sign Language (ASL) poetry has grown ...
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