Democracy in Action

After all this high drama it’s quite a relief to see that the lifers & the choicers can all agree on one principle: the absolute necessity of…

Dispatches Editor Ammiel Alcalay reviews Edward Sanders’ Investigative Poetry & Broken Glory: The Final Years of Robert F. Kennedy (link)

"The coincidental publication of Broken Glory, with its extraordinary illustrations by veteran cartoonist Rick Veitch, and a new edition of the long…

Dispatches Senior Editor Ammiel Alcalay interviewed at The Poetry Project (link)

The Poetry Project Newsletter # 256, Q&A: Ammiel Alcalay

Emergency Dispatch on Zionist Violence, by Ammiel Alcalay

This statement was sent to me by Khaled Furani, professor of Anthropology at Tel Aviv University, a dear friend of mine and of the late Benjamin…

Getting Out of the Western Box: Dennis Tedlock’s The Olson Codex, by Ammiel Alcalay (link)

“Like almost everything else of the period, decoding the Mayan language was also part of the Cold War struggle, something Olson instinctively knew…

Robin Blaser to Amiri Baraka, 21 December 2002 with commentary by Ammiel Alcalay

copy to Don Allen 21 December, 2002 Dear Amiri Baraka, Just to say that the ongoing political despair of many of us – certainly my own – now meets…

Art Dispatch – Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun interviewed by Ammiel Alcalay

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun was born in Kamloops, British Columbia, and now lives and works in Vancouver. His parents, of Coast Salish and Okanagan…

International Dispatch #2 – Why Palestine: House Arrest of a Palestinian Poet in Israel and the BDS Movement, by Ammiel Alcalay

In the past several years, the BDS Movement (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal…

Juan Goytisolo writer dies at 86 in Marrakech, by Ammiel Alcalay

From Ammiel Alcalay:   With sadness the news came that a true giant of witness, testimony, form, and conscience, Juan Goytisolo, passed away in…

Athens & Jerusalem: the last time we talked, by Ammiel Alcalay

 Athens & Jerusalem: the last time we talked for Ben Hollander   the day you died after talking to Steve & Jack & Duncan &…

Book Dispatch – A Map of Signs and Scents New and Selected Poems, 1979–2014 Amjad Nasser / Translated from the Arabic by Fady Joudah & Khaled Mattawa

 “The work of Amjad Nasser forms passages in and out of time, qualities of light and darkness, images that are never only images but sentences…

Protected: Ammiel Alcalay to Dunagan and Boughn on Olson and scholarship – 23 June 2016

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Article: Heeding the Call for Solidarity: A Response to Joshua Cohen on the BDS Movement, by Ammiel Alcalay, May 27 2016

To begin with, I want to thank Joshua Cohen for actually responding to my piece in Dispatches. Despite the apparently polemical nature of some of…

WHAT TO WHOM, by Ammiel Alcalay

(Excerpted from: a little history (Los Angeles—New York: re: public / UpSet Press, 2013), edited with a preface by Fred Dewey, 320 pp.)It is…