(3+7) (Q&A) WITH TAMIL POET R. CHERAN ON POETRY IN THE FACE OF OPPRESSION

(3+7) (Q&A) WITH TAMIL POET R. CHERAN ON POETRY IN THE FACE OF OPPRESSION

Writer and lawyer Gowri Koneswaran spoke with Tamil poet R. Cheran for THE ALIGNIST about his writing, the current human rights situation in Sri Lanka, and an Amnesty International poetry contest on enforced disappearances in the country.

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FIVE BOOKS TO REMIND YOU WHY NOTHING IS SIMPLE IN PARIS

FIVE BOOKS TO REMIND YOU WHY NOTHING IS SIMPLE IN PARIS

“Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight," Hemingway wrote in A Moveable Feast

(3+7) (Q&A) WITH NOVELIST JENNIFER CLEMENT ON MEXICO'S MISSING

(3+7) (Q&A) WITH NOVELIST JENNIFER CLEMENT ON MEXICO'S MISSING

Jennifer Clement's latest novel, Prayers for the Stolen, maps the landscape of violence wrought on the people of Guerrero, Mexico by the drug wars and traces the story of some of its "stolen." THE ALIGNIST spoke with Clement about her response to the disappearance of 43 teaching students from the state last year and asked her how her work came to be one of social protest.

HENRY DUMAS WROTE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE KILLED BY COPS. THEN HE WAS KILLED BY A COP.

HENRY DUMAS WROTE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE KILLED BY COPS. THEN HE WAS KILLED BY A COP.

"A young black man, Henry Dumas, went through a turnstile at a New York City subway station," reads an invitation by Toni Morrison for a posthumous book-launch party she threw for Dumas in 1974, six years after he died. "A transit cop" — who was white — "shot him in the chest and killed him. Circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear. Before that happened, however, he had written some of the most beautiful, moving and profound poetry and fiction that I have ever in my life read."

EGYPTIAN WRITER OMAR HAZEK PARDONED AND FREED FROM PRISON

EGYPTIAN WRITER OMAR HAZEK PARDONED AND FREED FROM PRISON

After serving nearly all of a two year sentence for protesting without official permission, writer Omar Hazek has been released from prison with two novels in the works. 

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WHAT A 1966 ESSAY BY JAMES BALDWIN TELLS US ABOUT THE FREDDIE GRAY PROTESTS

WHAT A 1966 ESSAY BY JAMES BALDWIN TELLS US ABOUT THE FREDDIE GRAY PROTESTS

Baldwin's words have haunted me—not least because they have so often merited resurrecting amid months of stories so similar to that of James Powell's. They cried out, most recently, amid the unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray.

THE PERSONAL AND THE POLITICAL: A GRAPHIC NOVEL ON LIFE AS A PALESTINIAN REFUGEE

THE PERSONAL AND THE POLITICAL: A GRAPHIC NOVEL ON LIFE AS A PALESTINIAN REFUGEE

"[T]elling your stories is also a political act," the 22-year-old author of Baddawi told THE ALIGNIST. Leila Abdelrazaq began to explore her father's life because she felt that most people she encountered lacked a real understanding of what it meant to be a Palestinian refugee. 

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