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Favela Rising, Part 2

As the literary adviser to the Palestine Festival of Literature, the poet Najwan Darwish knows how challenging it is to bring people together to talk about literature in a free and unconstrained environment. This is one of the reasons he was invited to FLUPP, the first international literary festival hosted by a slum in Brazil. “The important thing I saw here,” says Darwish, “is underprivileged kids who have the privilege to be part of this festival. Sometimes they...

Favela Rising

A little over a year ago, a bunch of white, middle-class guys—much like myself—invited me to do something that had never been done before in Brazil: run an international literary festival in a Rio de Janeiro slum. This extraordinary idea sounded like a joke to me. Well, a little more than a year later, it's actually happening.  Its name is FLUPP, the International Literary Fair of the Pacification Police Units. Sounds weird? I thought so,...
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