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Apogee Journal

Do Not Censor Us: An Open Letter

The Michigan Department of Corrections rejected the latest issue of Apogee from getting to incarcerated contributors because they claimed it "promotes violence." We call for an end to arbitrary censorship of artistic material in prisons and jails, and stand in solidarity with those struggling to be free in body, mind, and spirit.

“Writing, I Can’t Waste Time”: Alejandro Varela & the Political Public Health Novel

In his debut novel "The Town of Babylon," Alejandro Varela tells the story of Andrés, a Latinx professor whose reluctant suburban homecoming rekindles old high-school friendships and past loves. As Andrés negotiates personal ties and the social frictions running through them, Varela weaves a discerning account on the interpersonal and political definitions of community. In an interview with Executive Editor Alexandra Watson, Varela discusses the inspirations behind the novel - his experiences growing up in a white-majority suburb, and how studying and working in public health illuminated his writing and understanding of the "American Dream."
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