John Washington

John Washington is a writer and translator currently based in Mexico City. 

A Bond of Poetry

Seeking Asylum through the Written Verse
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After spending 444 days in a detention center in Arizona, an immigrant bought her own freedom with poetry. Alexandra Golugosova, a thirty-two year old woman from Russia, with a facility for languages and a newly inspired poetic flair, sent her poems to people in return for donations and raised enough money to pay her bond, with the help of a poet friend and a group of LGBTQ immigrant activists 

A Force of Beauty

Thoughts on Nogales, from Both Sides
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From a hill on the Mexican side you see the taunting red, white, and blue written in the steel of the roofline. The newly renovated Mariposa Port of Entry, guarding the border between the cities of Nogales and Nogales (Sonora and Arizona), is a poster child of free-trade economics. Despite a gloss of eco-friendliness and sleek iron-and-rock aesthetics, the new port—funneling more than a thousand trucks and a couple of hundred humans a day from one side of the rust-red the borderwall to the other—is, in the end, little more than an elaborate barrier.

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