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The Zines of Terezín

Matthew Stadler, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 

The sixth piece in our Polity of Literature series: Terezín was a purpose-built ghetto the Nazis used as a smokescreen for genocide. 33,000 Jews died there and another 88,000 were...


Claude Schryer, Ottawa, Canada 

microcosm This room was once Riel’s and then Clara’s bedroom but more recently it serves as my zazen room, a guest bedroom, a quiet space and a sound editing studio. ...

The American Prison Writing Archive

Duygu Erbil, Utrecht, the Netherlands 

The fifth piece in our Polity of Literature series: In prison, writing takes on new forms and new urgencies. Prisoners who never wrote before, or wrote very little, produce new...

You Can’t Hug Grandma Anymore: Bugs, Borders and Covid in Benin

Laeïla Adjovi, Dakar, Senegal 

Laeïla Adjovi is a Beninese-French reporter, photographer and visual artist based in Dakar, Senegal. In 2020, she was named the first recipient of the ArtsEverywhere Fay Chiang Fellowship for Artistic...

“Reading 1984 [in prison] was a big mistake…”

Marta Bausells, London, UK 

The fourth piece in our Polity of Literature series: Prisons in most nations have libraries, though that service has radically changed in the last five years as budgets are cut...

Biz. Alive at the Gezi Park trial.

Simon(e) van Saarloos, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The third piece in our Polity of Literature series: At the Gezi Park trials in Turkey, sixteen people are charged with “threatening to overthrow the state” for actions they took...

COVID-19: Spatial Clusters & the Impending Refugee Crisis

Justin Kiersky, Denver, United States 

In late March, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued an appeal for $2 billion to protect against COVID-19 and mitigate the spread of the virus to refugee camps. His plea reflects...

I’ll die where you vacation & otras películas mentales

Karla Claudio-Betancourt, Santurce, Puerto Rico 

What’s a Rich Port worth if it’s not a Free Port? The irony of this colony’s name is made evident yet again by a new crisis. Puerto Rico’s ability to...

Ahmet Altan: The Writer’s Paradox

Ahmet Altan, Istanbul, Turkey 

The second piece in our Polity of Literature series: The second installment of ArtsEverywhere’s “The Polity of Literature” project is an essay entitled “The Writer’s Paradox” by the internationally acclaimed...

After the Pandemic

Curtis Walker, Guelph, Canada 

The latest novel pandemic has highlighted the fragility of our consumptive practices in North America. We demand that all fruit be available at all times, that our furniture complements our...

Love in the Time of COVID-19

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

There’s fear in the air, pulsing through the fiberoptic veins of cyberspace. Uncertainty clings to every interaction, as restaurants, bars, cinemas and schools are shuttered in cities around the world...

Potatoes or Rice?


The first piece in our Polity of Literature series: “Dehumanized, often by the state, no one simply stops being human—they find profane sites for their humanity, a realm for their...