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Lives Interrupted

A refugee’s shoes are worn, wet, and muddy after a long journey. These shoes are owned by Ali, a Yazidi refugee who traveled from Iraq to Preševo, Serbia, to avoid persecution.  Photo: Meabh Smith / Trócaire
A refugee’s shoes are worn, wet, and muddy after a long journey. These shoes are owned by Ali, a Yazidi refugee who traveled from Iraq to Preševo, Serbia, to avoid persecution. Photo: Meabh Smith / Trócaire

Featuring

Leonora Flis
Kike
Marianna Pogosyan
Gianni Skaragas
Eli Eliahu
Laleh Khadivi
Sholeh Wolpé
and Persis Karim

  • Looking up at a group of hands holding champagne glasses with a chandelier lighted but unfocused in the background.
    Photo: Fardo Dopstra (Fardodopstra.com) The tradition of toast-giving has followed my family through centuries and continents. This essay tells the tale of one family’s survival and the toasts—po...
  • Kuku
       By Persis Karim
    For me, kuku is a symbol of the Iranian diaspora kitchen. Some people make it with dill weed, some use cilantro, some use more eggs, some use walnuts instead of almonds. There are many variations of...
  • Left to Right: Laleh Khadivi, Sholeh Wolpé, and Persis Karim joined around Karim’s kitchen table to discuss the literature of Iranian Americans.
       By Persis Karim
    Left to Right: Laleh Khadivi, Sholeh Wolpé, and Persis Karim joined around Karim’s kitchen table to discuss their contributions to Iranian diaspora literature. Persis Karim, a poet and the editor of...
  • Snowy roads at a crossroads with trees. Photo: Daniel Ebneter/Flickr
       By Eli Eliahu
    Photo: Daniel Ebneter/Flickr Crossroads All winter I didn’t write a poem, and I didn’t remembereven one dream that I dreamt. I left a houseand a wife, rented an apartment, and everything I neededI fo...
  • Orange lifejackets piled up on the shore of an island just next to a boat moored nearby. The open ocean and a dark sky looms in the background.
       By Gianni Skaragas
    Life jackets and a boat used by refugees and migrants to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey lie abandoned on the Greek island of Lesbos (Photo: Aris Messinis / AFP / Getty Images) An intimate yet u...
  • A group of detainees in orange jumpsuits at the Krome Detention Center. Photo: Getty Images
       By Kike
    Photo: Miami Herald / Getty For some years, Enrique Ferrari, known in Buenos Aires as Kike (kee-Kay), lived in the United States. His stay ended the day a traffic cop asked him for his pa...
  • People on a crowded NYC subway. Photo: Jason Devaun
       By Leonora Flis
    Photo: Jason Devaun The binaries of life bite at 3 a.m.You don’t need to fast-forward time.Envision vanishing before it happens.For those who care to...
  • Naman Hadi, Le Déraciné (1984), oil on canvas, 132 x 197 cm, http://namanhadi.com
       By Shastri Akella
    Migratory art refers to works that are visual (or aural) representations of the act of migration, made by immigrants. The concepts of body horror, evolution, and audio stimuli illuminate their aes...

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