Interview

Marie Lamensch

If you live in North America or Europe, government shutdowns, Brexit, trade wars, or the crisis in Venezuela dominate the current news cycle. Most big powers are taking sides in Venezuela because they have vested interests in the country. Meanwhile in Sudan, civilians are taking to the streets against President Omar Al Bashir’s dictatorial regime, and it is drawing little international attention. Since mid-December, what started with anger over rising fuel and bread prices has now evolved into demands for President Al Bashir’s removal. The grievances are deep.

Shaun Randol

Dami Ajayi

Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani are the editors of the New Generation African Poets Series (Akashic Books), an annual box set anthology of chapbooks by poets of African descent who have yet to publish a full-length collection. Established in 2014, this series, currently in its fifth year, has played an influential role in creating a publishing platform for new voices.

Aria Chiodo

Katherine Cintron

Editor's Note: Akpa Arinzechukwu is a Nigerian poet whose writing deals with the complicated intersection of sexuality, religion, and culture in Nigeria. He is currently living in Abia state, in the midst of the violence from the Biafran separatist movement. He recently sat down with Katherine Cintron, a student from Deltona High School, to talk about writing, music, and his project City Dwellers.

 

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Benjamin DeanCorrie Hulse

In this edition of The Mantle's podcast, Corrie Hulse speaks with Cyber Security and Internet Governance expert Benjamin Dean about the world's ongoing pursuit for Utopia. Speaking specifically about Techno Utopias, the podcast delves into stories of past attempts such as Fordlandia and EPCOT, their impact on society, and what the future may hold as we continue to seek the ideal.

Shaun RandolYahia Lababidi

In this edition of The Mantle's podcast, Shaun Randol speaks with Egyptian-American writer Yahia Lababidi on the occasion of the publication of his sixth book, Balancing Acts: New and Select Poems: 1993 - 2015 (Press53).

Shaun Randol

Corrie Hulse

I recently had the opportunity to speak with activist and advocate Betsy Kawamura, founder of the non-profit Women4NonViolence in Peace+Conflict Zones. Ms. Kawamura has spent more than fifteen years working with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, particularly women who have fled the violent regime in North Korea and are now living as refugees around the world. For this article—and for the work Ms.

Laura Scheriau

In this installment of Ex Arte, Laura Scheriau talks about inspiration in generation Dragon Ball Z with German artist, and soon-to-be tattooist, Christina Becher, aka Izzy.

Prior to discussing the four pictures, Christina explains her passion, and where the urge and inspiration for her art comes from.

 

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