BEYOND THE PALE UNKNOWN is our most robust issue to date. Featuring literary greats like Lydia Davis and Patricia Smith alongside enthralling new voices, the issue includes over 50 writers and artists. If you're new to Epiphany, this is a good place to start. If you're an old friend, you won't be disappointed.
Salim, trans. Savan Abdulrahman and Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse, “”, M--Dash, Spring 2017. Online. Nali, trans. Shene Mohammed and Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse, “Untitled”, M--Dash, Spring 2017. Online. Jamil al-Zahawi, trans. Lana Kamaran and Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse, “Think of Nature”, M--Dash, Spring 2017. Online.
As the Ottoman Empire dissolved, the modern nations that emerged fragmented the Kurds, a distinct ethnic group, across Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Armenia. As minorities, they agitated for statehood of their own, earning only systematic physical and cultural persecution over the last century. After rebellion and civil war in 1980’s Iraq, Kurds achieved a semi-autonomous zone, governed by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). All four poets featured here came of age as writers and leaders during that time of tremendous upheaval.