In this interview, Liao Yiwu talks to Maxine Case about his books, his struggles with the Chinese government, and related a few anecdotes about people on the fringe of Chinese society that he has interviewed and whose stories he had recorded.
"This is who I am." A conversation with Poet Keorapetse Kgositsile
Former poet laureate of South Africa Keorapetse Kgositsile and K. Mensah Wali, artistic director of Kente Arts Alliance discuss South Africa's progress since the end of apartheid, the effects of exile on family, and the relationship between poetry and jazz.
Palestinian Poet Hind Shoufani: "I'm Tired of Being Bombarded by Pain"
In this interview, poet Hind Shoufani talks about her parents' roles as Palestinian activists in the 70s and 80s, her new film on the same subject, and the complications (and benefits) of being a poet who doesn't call herself one.
Today we share Carmen Tafolla's poem "Ocupando Mi Voz" (Using My Voice), a poem that celebrates the "power of words." The first Poet Laureate of the City of San Antonio, Dr. Tafolla is currently writing a biography on civil rights organizer Emma Tenyuca..
"There's so much to explore" A Conversation with Poet Angela Jackson
In this interview conducted at City of Asylum Pittsburgh, poet Angela Jackson discusses the importance of being a curious cultural historian, the writing of Where I Must Go, and the way that Jackson reaches the universal through the hyper-specific.
Unspoken History: An Interview with Finnish Poet Tommi Parkko
Poet and essayist Tommi Parkko talks about his modernist tendencies, the difficulties of writing long-form poems in the post-post-modern age, and how mythology helps him get in touch with the "unspoken mental history" of a society.
Sampsonia Way magazine presents fragments from Tyrant Memory selected by author. The tyrant of Castellanos Moya's ambitious new novel is based on the actual pro-Nazi mystic Maximiliano Hernández Martínez who came to power in El Salvador in 1932.
Bamboo City: A New Book by Venezuelan Writer Israel Centeno
In this interview, Israel Centeno sits down with Sampsonia Way to talk about his new book Bamboo City (a hybrid text that moves smoothly between poetry and fiction), the translation process, and upcoming publications.
A conversation with Gary Shteyngart: "We are enslaved to technology."
Like the many facets of Shteyngart's novel Super Sad True Love Story alternate future, this conversation between the author and John Allison (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) turned to unexpected topics like pornography, immortality, and Russia.
Poetry: "What Frays and Blossoms" by Hélène Gelèns
Hélène Gelèns shared with Sampsonia Way a previously unpublished poem in English: "What Frays and Blossoms" from the book zet af en zweef (Take off and Float). The original poem in Dutch is also included.
Sampsonia Way is thrilled to share Lucas Hirsch's previously unpublished poem "No. 22" from his upcoming book Dolhuis: Natura Naturata (Madhouse: Natura Naturata) to be published by De Arbeiderspers. It was translated by Willem Groenewegen.