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Girmay Edits BOA Selections
In October 2020, BOA Editions, an indie press located in Rochester, New York, named poet Aracelis Girmay the first editor-at-large of its Blessing the Boats Selections, a line of poetry books written by women of color.
What We Ought to Do: THE SONG OF IMBOLO MBUE
In her second novel, How Beautiful We Were, Imbolo Mbue uses the chorus of voices in a small African village fighting for justice in the shadow of an American oil company to sing in celebration of community, connection, and enduring hope.
Pandemic Pen Pals
Nupur Chaudhury, a public health strategist living in New York City, grew up in the nineties sending letters through the mail. She received weekly aerograms from relatives in India; she corresponded with a pen pal in Texas; her father even took her to admire the post office’s new stamps every month. But as she grew older, Chaudhury says, “E-mail became more popular, and I really put that writing part of me to the side”—that is, until she came across the pen pal exchange Penpalooza on Twitter in August 2020.
Neither muscle nor mouth
Neither muscle nor mouth / devoted to one way of speaking. Every language // I borrow from somewhere else,” writes Threa Almontaser in The Wild Fox of Yemen (Graywolf Press, April 2021), winner of the Walt Whitman Award. In her debut Almontaser summons the language of her ancestors and family members, poets both contemporary and historical, experimental rock bands and rappers, and many more, to fashion an idiom that is both rebellious and reverent. Dedicated to the people of Yemen, the book offers a portrait of a country and its history and future. “Yemen has such an ancient and rich history, but with its current collapse, search engines show only the sad photos of starving kids,” says Almontaser. “I wanted to portray not only the war, but the beauty of Arabia Felix, of what it could still return to being.”
PANDEMIC WRITING GROUP
Finding Creativity, Community, and Play
New Ways of Surviving
WRITING THROUGH A GLOBAL PANDEMIC
Revising the Dream
PUBLISHING A DEBUT NOVEL IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD
Writers Confront Climate Crisis
Author and activist Toni Cade Bambara has said the role of the artist is “to make revolution irresistible.” So when Jenny Offill, author of the novels Dept. of Speculation (Knopf, 2014) and Weather (Knopf, 2020), heard about the work of Writers Rebel—the writers’ arm of Extinction Rebellion, an international activist group that works against climate change—she felt compelled to get involved.
A Room of (Almost) My Own
FINDING SPACE, AND PERMISSION, TO WRITE
In her third book, the essay collection girlhood, published by Bloomsbury in March, Melissa Febos transforms scars into meditations on culture and psychology.
UN Warns Of Mass Famine In Yemen Ahead Of Donor Conference
HINDUSTAN TIMES, 28 FEB, 2021- A UN humanitarian agency on Sunday warned that more than 16 million people in Yemen would go hungry this year, with already some half a million people in the war-torn country living in famine-like conditions.
STOP ARMS HYPOCRISY
Labour’s call to PM as Saudi deals rise by £1.4bn
TERROR DRONE BOMB FEAR ON HIGH STREETS
MoD are warned about post-lockdown threat
2 Jewish Yemeni families apart for decades reunite
The first family of 15 members were reunited in Abu Dhabi on Sunday ater UAE authorities facilitated the travel of family members from both Yemen and London
MIRROR BACKS A GLOBAL BAN ON LANDMINES
Growing call for more countries to sign treaty
UAE strongly condemns attack on Yemen airport
Ministry of Foreign Affairs says UAE stands by the brotherly Yemeni people; dozens killed; Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed tweets he and other cabinet members are safe.
Pope says fraternity the watchword ‘at this moment in history'
Pope Francis said in his Christmas message Friday that fraternity was a watchword for these unusually troubled times exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.
Appeal to save conjoined twins
DOCTORS in Yemen are seeking urgent help to save the lives of conjoined twins who were born this week.
Gardens of Delight
A post-lockdown road trip to Chikmagalur in Karnataka is awash with sights of rolling coffee plantations, cascading falls, and important lessons in history.
Anantara Qasr Al Sarab was voted the World's Most Instagrammable Hotel in 2019