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), ‘Handy.’ (Teleport Magazine) and The DeDramafi (The Write Launch republished in Storylandia, issue 36). He was awarded the Horned Dorset Colony for 2018 and the Byrdcliffe Artist Residence Program for 2019. In 2023, 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, Instagram jhon_author, Twitter @jhon_author. https://muckrack.com/jhon-sanchez/articles

A conversation about Leo Romeo Valentino’s my heartbreaking jibberjabber/ Part I

When I held the collection of poems, admiring the beautiful cover, what most caught my attention was the author’s name, ‘Leo Romeo Valentino.’ Who is so lucky to be called like that? It wasn’t just the sound of the vowels…

Conversation with Guillermo Severiche IATI’s ‘Cimientos’ for New York

When interviewing someone Hispanic in the United States, I am constantly faced with the dilemma of which language to use, English or Spanish. In this case, I chose Spanish because we will talk with Guillermo Severiche about new initiatives to…

40K + support Candidate Ana Maria Archila for Lt. Governor

On April 3rd, Ana Maria Archila celebrated more than 40K signatures that her volunteers collected in her bid to be a Lt. Governor. The party was in Terraza 7, a bar in Jackson Heights, a well-known Colombian neighborhood in Queens,…

Ilhan Sami Çomak Awarded with Two Literary Prices

Ilhan Sami Çomak, the Kurdish poet who has been in a Turkish prison for the last 28 years, was awarded the Metin Altıok Poetry Prize and the Norwegian Freedom of Expression Award (shared with Ahmet Altan, writer/journalist from Turkey). The…

Ana Maria: A LatinX for Lieutenant Governor of New York, at last!

I first heard about the Latin American Integration Center (LAIC) in 1998. I was a newcomer then, looking for a job, looking for English classes, looking for friends. And then I heard the name of the director of LAIC: Sara…

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…

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