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Brooke Alfaro by Mónica Kupfer

Brooke Alfaro is a quiet man, so I feared that interviewing him would be arduous, but I was wrong. 

Stanley Greaves by Anne Walmsley
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Recognition as a visual artist—or, as he prefers, “a maker of things”—came late to Stanley Greaves. Until 1994 he was little known outside Guyana, where he was born in 1934, and Barbados, where he moved to live in 1987.

Santiago Sierra by Teresa Margolles
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The controversy over Santiago Sierra’s installations, in which hired laborers perform meaningless tasks, has gained in intensity. Mexican artist Teresa Margolles enjoys a similar notoriety: she finds tools for commentary on social unrest in the morgue.

Erna Brodber by Keshia Abraham
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Reading Dr. Erna Brodber’s novel Myal (New Beacon Books, 1988) is a transformative experience that unchains both truths and memories and moves you to explore what she calls the “half that’s not been told.” 

Jorge Volpi by Martin Solares
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Far from the magic realism of conventional Latin American narrative, Jorge Volpi’s novel In Search of Klingsor ( En busca de Klingsor; Seix Barral, 1999) relates a historical fiction set in the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University and in postwar Germany under the Allied occupation. 

Jesús Tenreiro-Degwitz by Carlos Brillembourg
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Jesús Tenreiro-Degwitz and I “spoke” via email from fall 2001 to late summer 2002. I have known Jesús most of my life; we became close in 1979 when we and 15 other architects founded the Instituto de Architectura Urbana (IAU) in Caracas.

Nilo Cruz by Emily Mann
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Nilo Cruz and I recently found an hour to sit down with a tape recorder in my office at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey.

Michael “Ibo” Cooper by Kwame Dawes
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I had probably heard them on the radio. They were a popular band, after all. I know I had heard them perform in the huge cement-floored auditorium of my high school. 

Judy Mowatt by Kwame Dawes
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It is hard to admit to the subject of an interview—someone you have long admired for her righteousness and nobility, someone whose art has left you feeling a sense of appreciation for the dignity of artists who are socially and politically engaged—that your most primal connection to her is physical. 

First Proof

Loving Che by Ana Menéndez

Four Poems by Kwame Dawes
Falling Sky by Cristina García

Si and his mother had been in Hue for three days and the heat was growing more oppressive by the hour. 

Five Poems by Raúl Gómez Jattin
Was Me Mudda by Oonya Kempadoo

Was me mudda, me gran’mudda, me sisters and me in the house. In Telescope. Claudette, Letitia and Marian—the three’a them, that’s the sisters.

Passing Through by Colin Channer

He was set to leave that evening on a packet boat that had arrived the night before from Cartagena via Port of Spain. Officially, he’d only been recalled, but a secret letter brought him wind of circulated gossip—they were going to defrock him in New York.

Two Poems by José Lezama Lima
Cold Havana Ground by Arnaldo Correa

This novel is based on events that occurred in the recent past in Cuba. 

One a Week With Water by Shake Keane
Artists On Artists

Nicole Awai by Christopher Cozier

There is a generation of artists coming of age in the Caribbean who have been living in a state of “articulate silence.”

Juan Carlos Alom by Lucy Raven
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On a recent trip to Cuba I visited the studio of photographer and filmmaker Juan Carlos Alom in the small beach village of Cojimar, outside Havana.

Richard Fung by Gabrielle Hezekiah
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Race, representation, sexuality, migration, and belonging are recurring themes in the work of video maker Richard Fung.

Zilia Sánchez by Ivelisse Jiménez
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The first time I looked at the work of Cuban-born artist Zilia Sánchez I was struck by how simultaneously assertive and retiring her massive shaped canvases are.

Jan Hendrix by George Mead Moore
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Jan Hendrix is a Dutch artist who has lived and worked in Mexico City since 1979.


Michael Zwack by Ned Sublette

Ned Sublette on Michael Zwack’s commitment to Minokan Vodou culture and his quest to paint “the whole world.”