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Mark Olival-Bartley studied applied linguistics at Hawaii Pacific University, attaining B.A. and M.A. degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language, and poetry at the City College of New York. He is now writing a dissertation on the sonnets of E. A. Robinson at LMU, where he tutors composition alongside editing flyers on poetry and style. His poems and translations have appeared in journals on both sides of the Atlantic. He is the resident poet at EcoHealth, where his science-themed verse is regularly featured, and a senior copyeditor at Review of International American Studies. He also teaches at Münchner Volkshochschule and leads the Amerikahaus Literaturkreis.



Dear family and friends,

By now, you've heard the horrible news: There were shootings at multiple locations this evening in Munich.  Laura and I are now safe at home; Janet, Laura's mother, is also now safe at home. The whole city is on lock-down: No public transportation; no taxis; no leaving of stores, restaurants, offices, and hotels. The U.S. consulate has sent a message to stay inside.

The response to the attack is very much on-going: Police vehicles are intermittently racing back and forth down our street, which, normally a thoroughfare, is otherwise completely empty; there was a helicopter above us not long ago; we also just learned the GSG9, the German counter-terrorist unit, has been deployed.  An hour ago, some thirty or forty Malteser ambulances went by, presumably to help out with the evacuations of the shopping center or Tollwood, a nearby outdoor festival in the Olympic Park.

We'll all learn more with the news, but, for now, know that we are safe. To all our friends in Munich, please take good care.


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