Articles by Alisha Kaplan

PEN World Voices Festival As It Happened: “Headscarves and Hymens”

May 10, 2015

Photo: Beowulf Sheehan/PEN American Center Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution is the title of Mona Eltahaway’s new book, described by the publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux as “a passionate manifesto decrying misogyny in the Arab world.” Eltahaway,… more »

Articles by Alisha Kaplan

Glimpses of Octavio Paz: A Centennial Celebration

October 21, 2014

This year marks one hundred years since the birth of Octavio Paz, renowned Mexican poet, essayist, diplomat, and Nobel Laureate. On October 6th, as part of a weeklong centennial celebration, the Americas Society, the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, Poets House, and Instituto Cervantes New York… more »

Articles by Alisha Kaplan

Russia is Restless: A Brooklyn Book Festival Event

September 23, 2014

On September 19, almost sixty people gathered at Karloff Restaurant in Brooklyn for dinner and conversation with exiled Uzbek writer and BBC reporter Hamid Ismailov and Russian-American novelist Boris Fishman. The Brooklyn Book Festival event was hosted by Restless Books, a Brooklyn-based, digital-first… more »

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The Short on “Short”: An Interview with Alan Ziegler

May 9, 2014

Alan Ziegler—beloved Columbia University professor, master teacher of teaching, writer in his own right, and champion of short prose—is also the editor of Short: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, and Other Short Prose Forms.… more »

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Asymptote’s Third Anniversary: The State of Translation

January 28, 2014

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Despite the onset of winter storm Janus, the Housing Works Bookstore Café was packed on January 21 for Asymptote’s third anniversary event, “The State of Translation.” Asymptote is an exciting international journal dedicated to literary translation, published quarterly and available… more »

Articles by Alisha Kaplan

Remembering the Departed Spirits: Liu Xiaobo’s “June Fourth Elegies”

September 12, 2012

“Let the darkness transform into rock across the wilderness of my memory.” — From “Fifteen Years of Darkness,” June Fourth Elegies Every year since the Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4, 1989, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has written poetic elegies commemorating… more »