Jhon Sánchez

Jhon Sánchez: A Colombian born, Mr. Sánchez, arrived in NYC seeking political asylum where he is now a lawyer. His most recent publications are “United Tombs of America” (Midway Journal) y The DeDramafi (Storylandia, issue 36 available on Amazon). Last year, Teleport published his short story ‘Handy.’. He was awarded the Horned Dorset Colony for 2018 and the Byrdcliffe Artist Residence Program for 2019. In 2021, New Lit Salon Press will publish his collection Enjoy Pleasurable Death and Other Stories that Will Kill You. For updates, please visit the Facebook page @WriterJhon

Conversation with Aida Yepes, author of “My Little Eulalia”

My mother was barely a teenager when Gaitan was assassinated on April 9, 1948. His death generated a wave of political violence throughout the country. This topic and the violence that occurred, was never discussed at home. What I do…

The Ladder: A Conversation with the Incarcerated Poet İlhan Sami Çomak, Part IV

I learned to read by reading the Bible. For me, the Bible was a giant black book with the engraved image of the Sacred Family on the cover. I used to love the words printed there with straight letters. Gold…

The Ladder: A Conversation with the Incarcerated Poet İlhan Sami Çomak, Part III

When I started writing this interview with Ilhan Sami Çomak, I imagined a way to escape from prison. If I were in Ilhan’s position, I think I would think about it all the time. Lacking any handyman skills, I wouldn’t…

The Ladder: A Conversation with the Incarcerated Poet İlhan Sami Çomak, Part II

This is the second part of our conversation with Ilhan Sami Çomak, who has been in prison for the last 27 years. Ilhan has written eight books of poetry. In part I of the interview, describing his situation, Ilhan writes:…

The Ladder: A Conversation with the Incarcerated Poet İlhan Sami Çomak, Part 1

In 2014, After sixteen years in exile, I was able to return to my native Colombia. My mother was dead already, so the last time I saw her was the day in 1998 when I boarded the plane with the…

A Conversation about the Criminal Justice System in Sci-fi with Matthew Baker, Author of “Life Sentence”

INTERVIEW         Once I read the short story “Life Sentence” in Lightspeed Magazine, I decided to save it to my collections of short stories I should revisit. It was 2019, and Matthew Baker was on my radar.…

Also Men – My Case Against Trigger Warnings in the New School

I also was raped. The word ‘also’ shouldn’t need to be written there, but it seems necessary to make my voice heard. The word ‘also’ issues a message: Not only women are raped. I was a soldier, 17 years old,…

LIU MFA Student Book Library

  As you probably know, the MFA program (as you knew it) no longer exists at LIU. The chair, Leah Dilworthm is putting together an archive for the Long Island University Library about the MFA program. She would like to…

“I’m still 22.” Ilhan Sami Çomak, a poet in a Turkish prison

LITERARY EVENT Last March 8th, Pen Norway celebrated Ilhan Sami Çomak’s birthday. His lawyer, Ipek Özel, said that when Ilham was told about his birthday celebration, he said, “Tell them that after 27 years in prison, I’m still 22.” Ilhan…

Women’s History Month: Interview with Silvia Navarro Perramon (IATI 2021)

By Jhon Sánchez For the last three years, Pressenza has supported the International Theater Art Institute (IATI) during the celebration of Women’s History Month. On this occasion, IATI will bring short plays by three Latinx Bilingual women. We had the…

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