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Supplementary materials for teaching Issue 15 are listed below.
To accompany the Issue 15 portfolio of Arabic stories from Jordan
Translator Thoraya El-Rayyes discusses working with Arabic text and translating the work of Hisham Bustani, The Common’s Arabic Fiction Editor; read El-Rayyes’ translations of Bustani’s fiction in Issue 06 and Issue 11.
Translator Elisabeth Jaquette explores “the anatomy” of a translated page (via Melville House); see also: Jaquette’s translation of “The Hush Void” by Mohammed Khudayyir (from Issue 11), and Jaquette’s introduction and an excerpt from her 2017 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant-winning translation of the 2009 short story collection Thirteen Months of Sunrise by Sudanese author, journalist, and activist Rania Mamoun.
Ghalib Halasa on the books and authors that influenced him.
Read more short fiction from Elias Farkouh in Words Without Borders.
Explore Ann Magella’s interactive web documentary, “Rafik Majzoub: Memoirs of a Screw” to learn more about the Majzoub’s life and art.
For further exploration, here and elsewhere
Browse an interactive map of Issue 15.
Listen to Editor in Chief Jennifer Acker discuss The Common, the role of place in literature, and the editorial process.
Read Jason Henninger’s take on the work of Ryunosuke Akutagawa over at Tor.com.
Linda Ashok discusses imagery and individuality in poetry with Wale Owoade.
Read an interview with Gary J. Whitehead on influences and rituals, courtesy of Massachusetts Review.
Teow Lim Goh’s poetry collection, Islanders, on the voices of detained women at Angel Island, is featured on PBS NewsHour; for further reading, see “Coastlines” (Lim Goh’s essay about visiting Angel Island on The Common Online) as well as an interview with Lim Goh in which she discusses how and who she likes (and doesn’t like) to read (via Entropy.com).
Read a short story by Noor Naga, winner of the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, about motherhood and migrant labor, set in the city of Dubai; watch Naga in conversation with other Emerging Writers.
Watch a short segment on the work of Ricardo Pau-Llosa from PBS NewsHour.
Read Catherine Pond’s essay on “Girls,” addiction and growing up (via Salmagundi).
Read an interview with Moriel Rothman-Zecher on the evolution of his novel Sadness is a White Bird (via the Daily Californian).
Read Marilyn Sides’ essay “We Lived in the Desert Then” on The Common Online.
Read another place-based poem by Aran Donovan in Cider Press Review.
Read another place-focused essay by Liz Arnold in Catapult.
Read more short fiction by Emma Copley Eisenberg via Electric Lit.
More from our poetry contributors
Read more from Linda Ashok and Catherine Pond in our October 2017 Poetry Feature.
Work by Ned Balbo is included in our April 2016 Poetry Feature.
Read more from Erica Dawson in our June 2016 Poetry Feature, as well as work from Issue 12: “Mary with Swag” and “Seventh-Day Adventist Kids are Pathfinders Not Scouts.” For further exploration, read a review of Dawson’s collection, The Small Blades Hurt on Slate.com.
Read more from Marlin M. Jenkins and Jessica Lanay in our January 2018 Poetry Feature.
Read more from John Allen Taylor in our March 2018 Poetry Feature.
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