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The First 100 Issues of MR

Syria in Words and Music
Rasha Abbas and her English translator Alice Guthrie read original stories and nonfiction from Syria. The reading is accompanied by the Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble, with a program of all Syrian music, featuring master oud player Kinan Idnawi.

Erri De Luca's "A Dissenting Word"
In this video blog, Massachusetts Review editor and translator Jim Hicks reads selections from the English translation of Erri
De Luca's A Dissenting Word. De Luca is currently being tried in Italy for expressing -- during an interview on the Italian site of the Huffington Post -- his solidarity with the Susa Valley's NO TAV activists, a resistance group that opposes the construction of a high-speed train line between Lyon and Torino. If convicted, De Luca could be sent to prison for up to five years.

MR Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of UMass's MFA for Poets and Writers
The Massachusetts Review helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UMass MFA for Poets and Writers! Many of our interns, editors, and contributors are graduates of the program, and shared their work at an event reading recognizing the MFA's golden anniversary.

National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Mira Bartok reading selections from MR's Spring 2014 issue.

MR's Poetry and Translation Editor, Ellen Dore Watson, reading new work from the Spring 2014 issue and beyond.

Former MR Managing Editor Aaron Hellem reads from his new work!

Poet Robert Dow reads from a selection of his work.

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From the MR2 Archive:

Martin Amis

Peter Coyote

Samuel Delany

Martin Espada

Jonathan Lethem

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Lynn Margulis

Charles Neville

Michael Pollan

And Elsewhere:

A Conversation with Michael F. Moore, winner of MR's 2012 Jules Chametzky Prize for Literary Translation

Diane Bilyak Chats with James Franco and Spencer Reece

Amy Leach Reads Her "Safari"

The History of the Book v. the Future of the Book -- a conversation between Dan Visel and Peter Stallybrass

Dan Witz, "In Plain View"