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As the resident artist at EcoHealth, I pen verse inspired by the specter of future pandemics; for my dissertation at Amerika-Institut of LMU M√ľnchen, where I edit a weekly circular on poetry, I'm anatomizing the prosody of E. A. Robinson's sonnets—I also teach English, tutor composition, and lead a literary circle.


Aktion zum Erhalt des Amerika Hauses

Dear Public Affairs, United States Consulate General, Munich:

Knowing the iconic presence the Amerika Haus has had here since its inception (and being aware that its continuance is imminently threatened), I am disappointed to have learned today from your office that ("as a diplomatic institution") you are unable to even acknowledge, let alone promote, today's demonstration of support for its programs. After all, this vital intercultural institution--which has done (and continues to do) so much for American interests--was founded (and abandoned) by the U.S. government.

Mark Olival-Bartley
15 June 2012

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