Permission Granted is edited by Hannah Norman. She is the editor of Cirrus Poetry Review, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Penn Review, Rattle, and Isacoustic, among others. She currently lives in a region with limited freedom of speech
In today’s society, there are an increasing number of ways to publish poetry and other creative work, yet simultaneously, control of free speech and press is growing. The imprisonment of artists, communications blockades, suppression of political expression, and the monitoring of internet usage are all becoming common threats to free speech, press and publication.
Reporters without Borders has stated that “The number of countries regarded as safe, where journalists can work in complete security, continues to decline, while authoritarian regimes continue to tighten their grip on the media.” This is not limited only to journalism, but to creative arts. We wish to provide a space for a variety of voices to publish, regardless of the publishing situation in their current location, as well as for those who have experienced the effects of restricted speech and press.
“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.”Allen Ginsberg
“From the beginnings of literature, poets and writers have based their narratives on crossing borders, on wandering, on exile, on encounters beyond the familiar.”Jhumpa Lahiri
“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”George Washington