It was 20th March 2009, when my English teacher announced to my class there was a demand of essay writing requested by one of the agencies in Dagahaley refugee camp.
I wrote an essay by heading “The importance of water.” The English teacher took and marked the essays for the whole school while mine was the best. Among what I wrote was the importance, how African people can get clean water and which methods to use to find out clean water.
On 30th March 2009, it was school closing day that all teachers and students attend close this school. In that public it was announced that I am the best essay writer in school. In that day there were some moments that I was not aware where I was living. I was very happy with rewards I was given by agency and school administration.
Since that day I decided to practice essay writing in and out of the school while I am testing my ability of writing.
On 5/24/20, the US Embassy in Moscow celebrated Joseph Brodsky's 80th birthday with a collage of American poets reading his birthday poem "May 24, 1980" in the poet's self-translation. Chris Merrill, one of Brodsky's students, is among the readers.
Véronique TADJO (IWP ’06) discusses the renewed interest in publishing rights control among Francophone writers in Africa.
To mark Ireland’s corona-cancelled Leaving Cert graduation festivities, the poet Tom McCARTHY (IWP ’78) reads Paul Durcan’s elegy to side lines, “Sport.”
The lovely poem-a-day for May 14, 2020, “Journey,” is by the nomadic Lidija DIMKOVSKA (IWP ’05), translated from the Macedonian by Ljubica Arsovska and Patricia Marsh Štefanovska.
Over at Harvard Review, poet Mary jo Bang glosses her translations from the German of Matthias Gőritz (IWP ’03).