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Glimpses of Octavio Paz: A Centennial Celebration

This year marks one hundred years since the birth of Octavio Paz, renowned Mexican poet, essayist, diplomat, and Nobel Laureate. On October 6th, as part of a weeklong centennial celebration, the Americas Society, the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, Poets House, and Instituto Cervantes New York hosted a film screening and discussion with acclaimed writer and translator Eliot Weinberger, and award-winning Mexican poets María Baranda and Coral Bracho. The event took place at...

Russia is Restless: A Brooklyn Book Festival Event

On September 19, almost sixty people gathered at Karloff Restaurant in Brooklyn for dinner and conversation with exiled Uzbek writer and BBC reporter Hamid Ismailov and Russian-American novelist Boris Fishman. The Brooklyn Book Festival event was hosted by Restless Books, a Brooklyn-based, digital-first publisher devoted to a wide range of international literature. Only a year old, Restless Books is off to an impressive start, with twenty-two titles by writers from countries such as Cuba,...

The Short on \“Short\”: An Interview with Alan Ziegler

Alan Ziegler—beloved Columbia University professor, master teacher of teaching, writer in his own right, and champion of short prose—is also the editor of Short: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, and Other Short Prose Forms. The anthology was three years in the making, though Ziegler explains that, “I actually started work on the book—without knowing it—the first time I photocopied pieces for my...

Remembering the Departed Spirits: Liu Xiaobo’s \“June Fourth Elegies\”

“Let the darkness transform into rock across the wilderness of my memory.” — From “Fifteen Years of Darkness,” June Fourth Elegies Every year since the Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4, 1989, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has written poetic elegies commemorating the tragedy. Graywolf Press recently published twenty years of those poems in the collection June Fourth Elegies, the first publication of Liu’s poetry in North America. The...

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