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10 Questions for Joanne Godley

- By Edward Clifford

The term slave refers to a faceless and nameless group of bodies: bodies brought to the United States and worked, tortured, and discarded for more than four centuries. In contrast to individuals who perished in the Holocaust, there are few true records of slaves having lived their lives as fully actualized people. Of course, there are slave sale ledgers and insurance logs and even some veterinary logs that remain; however, it is not the same.
—from "A Herstory of Pain," Volume 62, Issue 1 (Spring 2021)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
I was in the 3rd grade when I wrote my first piece. It was a story 'after’ a popular TV show, The Parent Trap; likely, the only TV show I was...


10 Questions for Amaia Gabantxo

- By Edward Clifford

I want to tell you an unlikely story. I'd find it hard to believe if it hadn't happened to me, so I'll understand if you choose to take it with a pinch of salt. I assure you, however, that every word you're about to read is true. I hope you'll be able to take what you need for your own life from this tale.
—from "Bele & Zozo," Volume 62, Issue 1 (Spring 2021)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
A few years ago I found a school binder with a story I (aged 7) had no recollection of penning. It was the story of a girl who went to a funeral where everybody in attendance died “of pity and sorrow” except her. Then, at the funerals of all those people who had died in the first funeral,...

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Mobilize the Diaspora, End the Pandemic!

- By Ljiljana Djukanović and Ismar Volić

(Photo: Nedim Grabovica/Xinhua/picture alliance)

As we all know, the coronavirus pandemic will end only when it is defeated globally. One important obstacle, worldwide vaccine hesitancy, is likely to prove to be a more formidable barrier than, for example, equitable distribution. The politics and deceit that fuel vaccine hesitancy regrettably have longer shelf life than the vaccines.

Engaging the diaspora is one way to mitigate the reluctance to inoculation in countries where political systems are unstable and misinformation is rampant. Diasporic communities represent a powerful intellectual and economic force in the...


10 Questions for Munib Khan

- By Edward Clifford

On Main Boulevard, the Ramzan traffic comes to a halt. The car heater makes a whirring noise. A thin layer of fog hovers in front of our Honda City.

On the radio, the singer Junaid Jamshed recites a naat. In an interview, he has said that Pakistani women should stay at home. Now Mama says, If more women worked, the economy might be better. Then I say, The field hands in the countryside are mostly women. Mama makes a face.
—from "Charity," Volume 62, Issue 1 (Spring 2021)

We asked writer Munib Khan the same ten questions we ask our other contributors. He responded with a few of his own.

When did you first get acquainted with fiction?  When did you start to learn English, and how did it manage to become your preferred...

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