Daniel Simon


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Daniel Simon is a poet, essayist, translator, and WLT’s assistant director and editor in chief. His previous book, the edited volume Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867–2017, won a 2018 Nebraska Book Award. His most recent edited collection, Dispatches from the Republic of Letters: 50 Years of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, was published by Deep Vellum’s Phoneme imprint in 2020 and was nominated for a 2020 Foreword INDIES Award.

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    December 14, 2022 | Daniel Simon
    Photo by Hans Eiskonen / Unsplash Fresh off our delight in seeing Kamilah Aisha Moon’s poem “Fireflies” in the Pushcart Prize XLVII anthology, the editors of World Literature Toda...
  • A crop from the cover to the January 2023 issue of WLT
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    IN HIS SPEECH accepting the 2022 Neustadt Prize, Boubacar Boris Diop listed several of his intellectual and literary mentors: Aimé Césaire, Cheikh Anta Diop, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Cheik...
  • A photograph of Ada Limon. Text reads: World Literature Today. US Poet Laureate Ada Limon
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    All of this // is a conjuring. . . . There is evidence everywhere. – Ada Limón, “The Hurting Kind” SEVERAL OF MY favorite poems in The Hurting Kind (2022), Ada Lim...
  • A crop of the cover to Anna Bakhen's Bright Unbearable Reality
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    Anna Badkhen Bright Unbearable Reality: Essays New York Review Books Bright Unbearable Reality is a book of micro and macro scales: piscine, tidal, musical, temporal...
  • A crop of the cover to the September 2022. Text reads World Literature Today. The image is of the top half of a dark skinned man's face with tears coming out of his eyes.
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    For the dead and the living, we must bear witness. For not only are we responsible for the memories of the dead, we are also responsible for what we are doing with those memories. – Elie W...
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    August 3, 2022 | Daniel Simon
    Photo by Sofia Simon In his poem called “The Man on the Dump” (1938), Wallace Stevens writes: “Days pass like papers from a press.” Stevens, who was in his late fifties when he wrote the poem...
  • A photograph of the three books discussed below, spines facing the viewer, in shade beneath a bench outside
    July 18, 2022 | Daniel Simon
    When the forecast for the next ten days promises afternoon highs ranging from 102 to 111 degrees, you can bet I’ll be looking for really thick books to pile high for as much shade, and diversion, as...
  • A crop of the July 2022 issue of WLT. Text reads: City Issue. Ukraine. Kharkiv and Odesa.
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    when they bombed other people’s houses, we // protested / but not enough, we opposed them but not // enough. – Ilya Kaminsky, “We Lived Happily During the War”...
  • An evocative painting of a spindly figure with bright red hair with a bird face. Text reads: Muses: Writers, Artists, and Their Inspirations
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    a dark angel flies with a shofar playing his trumpet in flight – Boris Khersonsky HOW IS IT possible to think about art during a time of war? Years before the Russian milit...
  • A reduction of the cover to the March 22 issue of WLT, an illustration of a dark skinner person wearing a hard hat holding pieces of wood. The cover text reads World Literature Today with the subheading New African Voices
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    I think there is something transformative about living through, liberating yourself and evolving past your brutish histories. – Saba Sebhatu, “Final Landing” PRIOR TO GOING ...
  • The cover to the January 2022 issue of WLT
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    WHAT DOES A Babylonian epic—which dates to the twenty-first century bce in its earliest preserved versions—have to say to readers of world literature in the twenty-first century ce, s...
  • The cover to the Autumn 2021 issue of World Literature Today
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    Say eros in translation, say I want to be translated by you. – Sawako Nakayasu, Say Translation Is Art ARABIC, CHINESE, FRENCH, Hebrew, Ikyaushi, Italian, Japanese,...
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    You cannot continue to victimize someone else just because you yourself were a victim once—there has to be a limit. – Edward W. Said, “The Myth of ‘The Clash of Civilizations’” IN ITS...
  • A sepia toned photograph. In the foreground, two white men pose with shotguns while others mill about. In the background, a smoke plume rises from a smoldering ruin
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    Spectators heading toward Greenwood on June 1, 1921 / Courtesy of the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library Just published by the University of Oklahoma Press, The 1921 Tulsa Race Mas...
  • The cover to the Spring 2021 issue of World Literature Today
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    We were never meant to survive. – Audre Lorde, “A Litany for Survival” (1978) Amid the destruction of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre—the white assault on the city’s Greenwood District that claimed as m...
  • A black and white photo of WLT contributor Theodore J. Ziolkowski
    December 11, 2020 | Daniel Simon
    Theodore Ziolkowski in 1992 / Photo by Robert Matthews, Princeton University Our strolls through the cemeteries of Berlin, then, are no more funereal and depressing than, say, the performa...
  • A photograph of writer Ismail Kadare who is identified by text as the 2020 Neustadt Laureate
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    IT COULD BE ARGUED that World Literature Today (still) exists because of the Neustadt Prize, not the other way around. In the mid-1960s, some University of...
  • The cover to the Autumn 2020 issue of WLT featuring a special section on San Juan, Puerto Rico
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    Hope is the work that we must do, so much work to fix this. – Eïrïc R. Durändal-Stormcrow, “Don’t Suicide” In his poem “Impromptu,” written while walking along the Piedras River watershed, Pu...
  • A photograph of Karlos Hill juxtaposed with the cover to his book, The Murder of Emmett Till
    August 27, 2020 | Daniel Simon
    This week marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till on August 28, 1955. Karlos K. Hill’s new book, The Murder of Emmett Till, retells and recontextualizes the story...
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    Lauren Camp Took House Tupelo Press​​​​ I will speak of this wind . . . of the seams of desire. —Lauren Camp, “Remember It Was” The Greek mythological term omophagia...
  • The cover to the Summer 2020 issue of World Literature Today magazine
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    We’ll want to know what happened, and why—not just the factual whys . . . but the why of the human psyche. – Rilla Askew, “Cataclysm” ON THE COVER of this issue: sixteen empt...
  • The cover to the Spring 2020 issue of WLT
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    We look through the glass to see each other, but from certain angles we catch the glint of our own reflection. – Rachel Ang IF LIT MAGS sketch the “first draft” of litera...
  • A detail from the cover to Aviva-No by Shimon Adaf. The translator Yael Segalovitz is identified.
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    Shimon Adaf Aviva-No Trans. Yael Segalovitz Alice James Books thus I shall not let slip between my hands / a sister into time. – Shimon Adaf I must confess: Shimon Adaf’s...
  • NSK Laureate Margarita Engle smiles at the camera. The cover to the Winter 2020 issue of WLT.
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    IN AN ESSAY that appeared in these pages forty-five years ago, Tomás Rivera wrote: “For me the literary experience [of Chicano literature] is one of total communion, an awesome awaren...
  • Joy Harjo, clad in a dark red coat against a snowy backdrop, looks directly at the viewer
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    Activism will always be about stories, which I believe save lives. – Emily Rapp Black WHEN THE SELF-PROCLAIMED “Indians of All Nations” occupied Alcatraz Island in November 1...

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