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Writing That Mattered in 2022

January 2023

Textile sample book, ca. 1840–50. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of the Estate of Benjamin E. Marks, 1967.

As we venture into 2023, we’re taking a moment to look back at the essays, stories, and poems that helped us better understand some of the most significant global issues and events of the past year, including the war in Ukraine and the ongoing protests in Iran.

Black Persian text on a white background
Photo by Zia Nabavi on Instagram
A woman in a pink sari walks in the street in front of an apartment building
Photo by Akshar Dave on Unsplash
Dramatic clouds over a mountain and ocean in Puerto Rico
Photo by Rick Lipsett on Unsplash
Two log cabins, one with a grass roof, in a field next to the water
I, Argus fin, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Jenny Bhatt (left) and Rita Kothari (right)
A person pours tea into cups alongside pastries on a table
Photo copyright © Darren Byler
whitewashed exterior of santo crist crhuch in veracruz mexico
© Alejandro Borbolla. Used under Creative Commons license.
June-2022-Tokarczuk-Ognosia-Flammarion-Engraving Flammarion engraving, unknown artist
Mirror over Water at Sunset
Photo by Zoltan Tasi on Unsplash
From left to right: Nicholas Glastonbury, Sawad Hussain, Yilin Wang, Stefan Tobler