An unforgettable series of work written by those often overlooked in the literary world, Stillhouse Press’s "In Between Spaces", available November 2022, presents a riveting collection, appreciation, and elevation of disabled voices.
The Center for Humanities Research's 2023-24 theme calls for literary, cultural, historical, philosophical, artistic, linguistic, anthropological, religious, and archival engagements with the question of disposability. Learn more and apply to be a fellow. Applications due at noon on November 21.
Stillhouse Press presents their September 2022 release, "The Machine Code of a Bleeding Mood," a poetry collection written by Latif Askia Ba. Edited by Tommy Sheffield, MFA'21, Ba's collection touches on the struggle to understand one’s place in an ever-changing world and the ceaseless wonder of human capability.
In 1982, in Plyler v. Doe, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law denying school enrollment to undocumented immigrant school children, thereby ensuring a free K-12 public education for all students regardless of immigration status. Today, some Americans want to overturn Plyler, and some scholars believe that the official opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, laid a foundation for an impending Plyler challenge. The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) just released a new paper that reviews the Plyler decision, focuses on continuing barriers to education faced by undocumented students, and examines the potential impact of overturning Plyler.
Sindya Bhanoo’s Seeking Fortune Elsewhere, Daphne Palasi Andreades’s Brown Girls, and Aamina Ahmad’s The Return of Faraz Ali have been named finalists for the Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award.
The Cheuse Center for International Writers partnered with the Middle East Institute (MEI) Arts and Culture Center and the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation to create a two-day virtual, literary festival Narrating The Middle East: The DC Arab Literature Festival.
“Literature offers audiences a chance to see the world through the eyes of others and the DC Arab Literature Festival is a window into the complex issues that writers in the Middle East are grappling with today,” said Kate Seelye, Executive Vice President at the Middle East Institute.
New in 2022, the Arts Innovation Award recognizes an organization that has implemented nontraditional or inventive approaches to their art form and has uniquely engaged audiences in the arts. In recognition of their forward-thinking literary programming, Fall for the Book is the Arts Innovation Award’s inaugural recipient.
Julija Pivo, 2020 graduate from Mason’s BFA program, has won a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Fellowship to Lithuania, starting in Summer 2022. The award not only caps an impressive career at Mason, but also brings a family journey full circle: Pivo’s late father was a Fulbright scholar from Lithuania to America from 2000 - 2001.
Phil Goldstein hid his trauma for almost twenty years. A survivor of sexual abuse at the hands of his older brother, Phil did what most male victims do -- he locked his past away from the world. Today, Phil can celebrate the end of that long-held silence through the release of his debut volume of poetry, How to Bury a Boy at Sea published by Stillhouse Press in April of 2022. This arresting collection renders the complexities unique to male survivors of sexual abuse with clarity and bravery, a critical and too-often ignored storyline.