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Plain language matters in a crisis, but also afterwards

in Glocal/Society
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Simplicity or clarity can mean different things to people. But plain language is a general notion that can apply to most if not all languages and contexts. International Plain Language Federation explains it as: “A communication is in plain language if its wording, structure, and design are so clear that the intended readers can easily find what they need, understand what they find, and use that information.”

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Literary Parlor: interview with poet Fiona Sampson

in Literature/Philosophies/Poetry
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Our literature columnist, Svetlana Lavochkina, got a chance to talk with Fiona Sampson, acclaimed poet and author of an upcoming biography on Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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Literary Parlor: Sabbagh’s poetry and prose personas

in Literature/Philosophies
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We talk to the brilliant author and literary scholar Omar Sabbagh, London-born of Lebanese parents, currently working as Associate Professor at the American University in Dubai. He moves in between the worlds of writing academic papers, poetry and prose.

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Literary Parlor: interview with poet Robert Krut

in Philosophies/Poetry
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“I try to treat anything magical, or surreal, or possibly out of the framework of waking life, as entirely real, and concrete, and then let it appear in the poems.” – Robert Krut, in an interview with Svetlana Lavochkina

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Literary Parlor: interview with poet Patricia Murphy

in Philosophies/Poetry
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In this column, we invite international award-winning authors for a virtual cup of tea, coffee or whisky, to unveil some of their art and craft secrets. We begin with Patricia Colleen Murphy, winner of the 2019 Press 53 Award for Poetry.

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Finding myself in Leipzig (without knowing I was lost)

in My Leipzig/Philosophies
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“Every day I woke up with a smile and a slight hangover in a bed with a frame that was completely broken.”

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