Read “The climate crisis in Cyprus” in The Cyprus Files

In the mid-2000s, Cyprus had its worst drought in 900 years. As global temperatures rise, the island will face a climate crisis of great magnitude.

Learn more about the climate crisis in Cyprus in this week’s edition of The Cyprus Files, featuring former Fulbright fellow Nikolas Michael on the climate group “Avli” and their vital work on the island.

Thanks for reading!

Read “Teaching in the Buffer Zone” in The Cyprus Files

Last week, it was an honor and a joy to co-teach a writing workshop with my Fulbright colleague Janan Alexandra at the Home for Cooperation in the United Nations Buffer Zone in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Our workshop, “A True and Beautiful Story: Crafting the Lyric Biography” was organized around the concept of “lyric biography.” This genre allows for an exploration of a person’s life deeper than a conventional recounting of journalistic facts. How can we drive at a deeper truth and understanding through interviews that strike at a poetic understanding of a person’s essence?

Learn more about our initiative in the latest issue of my newsletter, The Cyprus Files. As always, thanks for reading!

Read “Michael P. Branch on his new book, ‘On the Trail of the Jackalope'” in The Usonian

This week in The Usonian, I’m excited to present a fascinating interview with the always eloquent Michael P. Branch on his new humor-filled travelogue, “On the Trail of the Jackalope”—featuring an astounding medical mystery regarding real-life horned rabbits in nature—and how their discovery led to the HPV vaccine.

Read the interview here. Thanks for reading!