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New article published with Hyperallergic about a recently released bilingual poetry anthology that remembers Mexico’s 43 disappeared students.

Nathaniel Janowitz : July 1, 2015 2:41 pm : Blog/News/Updates/Whatever

Mexican Poets Give Voice to the Country’s 43 Disappeared Students


Mexico City Lit, a bilingual review and publishing house based in the nation’s capital, released a free digital poetry anthology titled Poets for Ayotzinapa in early June as a response to the unrest within the country. Read the article, or more importantly, read the free digital anthology.

“If there is no justice in our present, writing is exercising an act of justice, for the future that will be the present for other generations. That’s the vital importance of writing poetry for the case of the 43 normalistas, among others,” said poet, Carmel Zenil.

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I was interviewed by PRI’s The World about Art in San Pedro Sula. Check our their write up and listen to the interview.

Nathaniel Janowitz : July 1, 2015 2:34 pm : Blog/News/Updates/Whatever

In the world’s deadliest city, graffiti artists use their ‘weapons’ for good.


“Graffiti artist Rei Blinky is what journalist Nathaniel Janowitz calls a “pioneer” for the artistic movement sweeping through the city. Blinky was the first artist who ventured out into the practically deserted streets. That ghost town feel has a lot to do with the city’s gangs. “You never know when a shootout is going to break out between the gangs. So you could be walking down the street and catch a bullet,” says Janowitz.”

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GOOD wrote a story about me writing a story about myself shadowing some amazing artists in San Pedro Sula. Kind of meta.

Nathaniel Janowitz : July 1, 2015 2:28 pm : Blog/News/Updates/Whatever

A Graffiti Art Revolution Brings Life to the World’s Deadliest City


It’s a popular lament that graffiti artists face dangers from possible arrest to street harassment and muggings, but what about death? Recently, freelance writer Nathaniel Janowitz of Hyperallergic traveled to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, ranked the world’s deadliest city for the fourth year in a row, to shadow a collective of graffiti artists and activists as they tried to reclaim their hometown through design. The medium-sized metropolis of less than 500,000 has a staggering homicide rate of 171 per 100,000 residents—that’s three to four murders per day—which has created a climate of fear few are brave enough to challenge. “Most houses are surrounded by walls with barbwire fences,” says Janowitz. “Locals rarely linger outdoors, and the people you do see standing outside are usually security guards holding shotguns and automatic weapons protecting businesses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.” READ MORE

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New article up on VICE News: “The only jobs Belizeans can look forward to in the offshore oil industry, is on a clean-up crew.”

Nathaniel Janowitz : June 10, 2015 3:37 pm : Blog/News/Updates/Whatever

Belize Drops Proposal for Offshore Oil Drilling on World’s Second Largest Barrier Reef


Environmental activists in Belize have claimed victory in their fight against possible oil drilling near the world’s second largest barrier reef, just 300 meters off the coast of the tiny Central American nation.

The government of Belize withdrew an appeal on May 26 attempting to overturn a Supreme Court ruling that had banned offshore oil drilling around the country’s barrier reef, called the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MBRS). The reef is also popularly known as the Great Mayan Reef or Great Maya Reef among international tourists and locals.

In April 2013, the Supreme Court of Belize ruled that six offshore oil drilling contracts, issued by the government between 2005 and 2007, were illegal because they had not carried out environmental impact assessments.

The court’s ruling judge, Justice Oswell Legall, also found that the recipients of these contracts — including companies Island Oil, Princess Petroleum, and four others — did not demonstrate an ability to contribute the necessary funds, equipment, and technical expertise to drill safely.

Following the 2013 decision, the government of Belize filed an appeal. If the ruling was overturned, these same companies would have legally had access to offshore oil exploration and drilling in 99 percent of Belize’s waters.

“We’ve been in limbo for about two years,” Janelle Chanona, vice president of environmental group Oceana Belize, told VICE News. “It’s such a point of pride for every Belizean to say we have this amazing resource. If we don’t have that anymore, it’s the soul of Belize we’re losing.” READ MORE

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New Article Published with Hyperallergic: Street Art in the World’s Most Dangerous Streets.

Nathaniel Janowitz : June 8, 2015 5:26 pm : Blog/News/Updates/Whatever

Artists Reclaim the Streets of One of the World’s Deadliest Cities



SAN PEDRO SULA, HONDURAS — The sidewalks of San Pedro Sula are often deserted. Except for the busy central park it can feel like a ghost town. Most houses are surrounded by walls with barbwire fences, locals rarely linger outdoors, and the people you do see standing outside are usually security guards holding shotguns and automatic weapons protecting businesses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Welcome to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, which recently ranked for the fourth year in a row as the world’s deadliest city with a homicide rate of 171 per 100 000 inhabitants. That averages between three to four murders a day.

“People are afraid to go in the streets because they don’t want anything bad to happen to them — it’s true. But we have to be confident here,” said Rei Blinky, a San Pedrano artist. “[San Pedro Sula] isn’t hell yet. We can live here, and we can change it.” READ MORE.



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