REGARDING THE MILITARY COUP IN BURMA/MYANMAR, February 1, 2021
In the wake of the military regime’s overthrow of Myanmar’s elected institutions, the violent repression of the people supporting those institutions through peaceful protests, and the massive incarcerations that have followed, IWP wishes, in keeping with its mission statement, to speak in support of our many Burmese/Myanma alumni participating in this struggle. On this page we record some of their voices, and link to some relevant resources:
• Sign the petition on Change.org calling on the junta to release the prisoners.
• A statement of protest signed by 83 Myanma poets, several IWP alumni among them.
• “Poets Against Dictatorship” — protest poetry in the streets (video, 8 minutes; subtitled).
• IWP Director Christopher Merrill on the evolving situation in Myanmar in Dallas Morning News (3/18/21), IPR’s “River to River” (3/19/21) and PRI’s “The World” (3/24)
• A May 25, 2021 New York Times piece on the systematic and brutal persecution of Burmese poets in particular.
• On June 14th, IWP and Asia Society co-hosted an evening of readings in support of the Myanma writers killed or arrested following the military coup earlier this year.Among readers are Reading are Esther Dischereit, Rafael Jesús González, Joy Harjo, Robert Hass, Elfriede Jelinek, Brenda Hillman, Khet Mar, David St. John, Ko Ko Thett, Kinga Tóth and others.
In a wider circle:
Requiem for Justice: An International Rally of Artists, Thinkers, and Activists Against Injustice,streamed live September 18-19,2021. Among contributors are the Burmese poets and activists Ma Thida ("Better Democracy?") and Khet Mar ("A Flower Revoution").