Where there are borders there are migrants hoping to find a better life on the other side. Authors depicting the universal desire for refuge and respite from within the most urgent circumstances—whether narratives of escape from political violence or the ravages of climate change—convene in a timely and ever-relevant conversation moderated by investigative journalist, and author of Hatemonger, Jean Guerrero. Omar El Akkad’s novel (What Strange Paradise) and Ousman Umar’s memoir (North to Paradise) are gripping migration stories of children navigating a hostile world. Mexican writer and political scientist Yuri Herrera (A Silent Fury: The El Bordo Fire) has long amplified border narratives in his work, characterized by exploitation, violence, and injustice. Tohono O’odham poet and intellectual Ofelia Zepeda’s work explores the often under-excavated intersections of migration and Indigenous experiences, most recently in Where Clouds Are Formed. Together, they address both distinct and intersecting crises that leave people displaced, uprooted, and seeking safety in new contexts—and their collision with the surging nationalism and xenophobia fortifying, and further weaponizing, the borders between us.
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