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Apart from being a writer, he is also a consultant for several European organizations regarding multimedia communication and socio-cultural cooperation with countries of the South. He is Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies at Bristol University, UK, with a specialist interest in postcolonial literatures in Portuguese, comparative literature, and literary translation. Follow him on Twitter at michaelkbusch. He lives in Sesto San Giovanni and works in Milan since He has provided journalism and photography training to various groups in Timor-Leste and abroad, including young refugees in Kibondo, Tanzania.

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  6. Author of numerous articles and studies on Somali conflict, politics, history and gender issues, he is working on a book about the state of Somali society. She specializes in contemporary global Anglophone literatures and critical theory. He has worked at the Jakarta Globe for nearly a year as a copy editor and part-time reporter. He carved out a beat covering a dramatic struggle for control of Jakarta's piped water system, an ongoing saga involving city officials, foreign companies, dogged activists and a contentious privatization arrangement.

    In September he plans to relocate to Yogyakarta, gain a proficiency in the local language and set about freelancing. Neelika Jayawardane M. She teaches transnational memoirs and fiction connected to the immigrant and postcolonial experience, including contemporary Southern African and South Asian work. Her most recent publications include a review of critical texts on South African literature for the Journal of Commonwealth Literature and an essay on apartheid-era photography exhibit at the International Center for Photography in Manhattan for Art South Africa.

    She is a regular contributor to the online magazine Africa is a Country, and has been a regular visiting fellow at the Centre for African Studies in the University of Cape Town. A poet, novelist, and journalist, he wrote for the Sarajevo daily Oslobodjenje and served as the Sarajevo correspondent for Dalmatian Weekly. His first book of poetry, Warsaw Observatory , won two prestigious awards in His work has been published throughout Europe.

    Currently based in the UK, she has taught English and creative writing. In he left Iraq and fled to Kuwait and later to Yemen through the desert in a journey that took seven days. Once in Yemen he became editor of the New Yemeni Culture magazine. He now lives in London with his two children. He has published several collections of poems: the bags, , tapping on the doors of childhood , , Epitaph , , Bicagy's rose , Promenade of sadness, , Sarabad, , ticking unreachable from light Rola Khayyat Rola Khayyat is a Lebanese artist and curator. His mother is East African Indian and his father is Norwegian.

    He has lectured and written extensively both as a scholar, journalist and author of poetry and fiction. He currently lives in Oslo with his husband, Andrew. He also teaches 19th and 20th century global literature and poetry at the Comparative Literature department of Queens College. She was a presidential correspondent from the Soeharto administration through that of Abdurrahman Wahid.

    She lives outside Indonesia, unable to return due to ongoing death threats. Her research examines the social construction of bodies, embodied resistance, and body modification practices.

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    Her research focuses on African identity formation and representation. Follow her on Twitter genetparadise. When he isn't teaching and writing, he enjoys spending time with his wife and his daughter. Sarah Lippek Sarah Lippek is an American writer, researcher, organizer, and generalist. She worked extensively with homeless young people in her hometown, Seattle, before moving to New York and becoming the inaugural director of the first needle exchange in the borough of Queens. Her work there includes co-founding the Northwest chapter of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, an international organization providing comprehensive legal services to refugees seeking resettlement.

    He graduated as a medical doctor from University of Juba in and worked as a physician in Darfur before specializing in public health in Germany in His interest in writing began at a young age and he contributed to the local school news board. However, the pressures of medical practice kept him out of the literary scene for many years, until he moved to online publishing.

    Edward lives and works in Juba. David L. He has lived in Uganda and Kenya for about fifteen years, mostly during the second civil war period , when South Sudan was Southern Sudan and part of the Sudan. He developed interest in writing during his teens; was formally introduced to creative writing at a Writing Seminar organized by the British Council, Khartoum Sudan in ; and won a third place prize for a short story at a writing competition held at the same cultural institution in the same year. He has since published short fiction with the BBC Focus on Africa magazine in and has from to date been a contributor with the online Cook Communication magazine, AuthorMe.

    Other publications are on Author Africa , sudaneseink. Currently, he is based in Juba, South Sudan. After being awarded a PhD for her thesis in political theory, she worked as a research fellow to develop ideas on political responsibility and climate change. Her other research interests include political identification, politics and psychoanalysis, cohesion and citizenship, and embodied political protest. She's also an adjunct professor at Pace University.

    Douglas C. MacLeod, Jr. He also has written essays and film reviews for C. He is a contributing editor at Guernica Magazine and has recently begun a new life in crime fiction as Parker Bilal — The Golden Scales was published by Bloomsbury in Maloney studied at The American School in Switzerland. Each of us on a solo trip of experiences, whereby we are exposed one degree or another through interactions by necessity with family, friends and acquaintances.

    We learn to set aside inquisitiveness and pick up the first pebbles of our complacency. Encouraged, we readily begin to fill our bag of conformity with the stones and rocks of self, as our psyche is further molded. A portion of our mortal existence is focused on the possibilities of life in the margins, and if not within the function of reality, certainly unbound by the scope of thought filled extrapolation.

    Sometimes called day dreaming, this mental inertia is the time spent outside the borders and parameters that drives tradition crazy and confounds conventional wisdom. Everyone has a story to tell. Too often however, our children dismiss themselves and their value as individuals for an iconic emulation of the latest or most outrageous pop culture idolatry.

    This is not a new phenomenon; it is the way of our world. How we express it has changed.

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    Their words lived on, after they were gone. When this Line of Demarcation becomes self evident, we are faced with our mortality, morality and soul filling humanity. How we respond in that moment of decision determines not only who we are, but who we will become in the next moment and in all those to follow. Issues and events become the tenor of our lives. Most are told and retold to friends, then to acquaintances and eventually to anyone who will listen. These intimate late night lamentations between friends often hold the greatest amount of truth and pain.

    With the first telling, the raw emotions of the experience and the people involved are exposed without the machinations of embellishment or feigned pity. It is from this initial spark of conversation the story takes on its ability to grow in many different directions, infused with a myriad of festering thoughts and feelings.

    Many are taking place as parking lot confessions. By watering those that have been planted in our soul, spirit, mind and body we each blossom to become who we are. The evolution of our post modern social experiment continues to be driven by imitation, in lieu of Avant garde origination. The side effects of our current tunnel vision will pay big dividends in our further demise as a society and people.

    Coupled with the future pain we can expect by dressing our festering wounds with Saccharin and Plastic Band Aids, the ills of our cultural hemorrhage will only become more exacerbated. Never before, have so many depended so heavily upon innuendo, double entendre and verbal camouflage to express, then secondarily to cover up their audacious lies. The only aspect more repugnant than these preposterous acts of repetitious weaving is the speaker who begins to imagine his or her own vacuous fabrications piqued enough to be veracious.

    Thus guiding the emphasis and direction from one pivotal position to a different point altogether. Home Contact Us. Special Occasion Cards Inspirational Mats. Some strike a chord, others may touch a nerve, but each is identifiable in its telling. Each selection is a complete story presented in varing lengths, tones and viewpoints. Each piece invites introspection through brief and concise content, yet themes are well known by the reader's own life experiences. These stories are purposed in a process of "Looking Out - Seeing In" revealing aspects of life events we all share or experience at one time or another.

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