One of the most widely-published and highly-acclaimed African American writers of her generation, poet, playwright and essayist June Jordan was known for her fierce commitment to human rights and political activism. Over a career that produced twenty-seven volumes of poems, essays, libretti, and work for children, Jordan engaged the fundamental struggles of her era: for …

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PEN Centres are promotıng the works of İlkyaz wrıters around the world. For the fifth ıssue we are collaboratıng wıth PEN South Africa Centre. In the ‘Writings’ section of our website, we will be introducing three young writers monthly. Aside from English, each month we will partner with one of over a 100 PEN Centre’s …

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PEN merkezleri her ay genç yazarlarımızı dünyaya tanıtıyor.Nisan ayı yazıları için sıra PEN Güney Afrika Merkezi’nde… İlkyaz olarak sitemizin “Yazılar” bölümünde her ay üç genç kalemi tanıştıracağız sizlerle. Bu eserleri İngilizce’nin yanısıra her ay dünyanın farklı yerinde konumlanan bir PEN merkezi o ülkenin diline çevirip üyelerine ve ülkelerine tanıtacak. Bu sayede, edebiyatımız uluslararası alanda yeni …

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As İlkyaz, we work to introduce three young writers every month. We translate these works, which are be made up of a short stories or poems, into English and endeavour to introduce them to readers outside of Turkey. April’s works are now live and can be found below. This, we hope, will create new audiences …

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İlkyaz ile her ay öncelikli olarak üç genç yazarı tanıtıyoruz sizlere. Bir öykü veya birkaç şiirden oluşacak bu eserleri İlkyaz gönüllüleri olarak İngilizce’ye çeviriyor ve dünya kamuoyuyla tanıştırmak için çabalıyoruz. Nisan ayı boyunca seçilen yazarları ve yazılarından alıntıları aşağıda bulabilirsiniz! Seçtiğimiz isimlerin yazılarını her ay dünyanın farklı bir yerinde konumlanan PEN merkezinden biri o ülkenin …

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With her first and only solo album, Ms. Lauryn Hill altered the course of hip-hop and  poetry. On 1998’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, she blended rap, neo-soul, and reggae into personal songs about heartbreak, philosophy, and faith—cinching her still-standing reputation as one of the most talented and versatile MCs of her era. At age 23, …

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  War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel of Russia in the Napoleonic wars, has for some time borne the unfortunate, if mildly humorous, cultural role as the ultimate unread doorstop. (At least before David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest or Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle.) The daunting length and complexity of its narrative can seem uniquely forbidding, though it’s …

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Portland-based artist Kate MacDowell (previously) continues to construct discomfiting combinations of human and wildlife elements in her porcelain sculptures. She builds each piece by hand, and often layers in details after hollowing out the main form, whether it is a fox’s body encasing a human skull or a human brain filled with flora and fauna.  MacDowell describes …

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