Border Crossers

People who have “crossed over.”


Gloria E. Anzaldúa


Posted on May 17, 2016

Two quotes from the poet, author, and Chicano activist Gloria E. Anzaldúa: “Borders are set up to define the places that are safe and unsafe, to distinguish us from them. A border is a dividing line, a narrow strip along a steep edge. A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. It is in a constant state of transition. The prohibited and forbidden are its inhabitants.”...

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  Perhaps you have heard of Mr. Naoto Matsumura who resides near the Fukushima nuclear power plant. He has sacrificed his life by returning to his hometown of Tomioka, which lies within the radioactive danger zone, in order to take of the animals that were left behind when the town’s residents evacuated. He is truly a remarkable human being who has crossed a border few would dare to cross. Here is his story as published  in the...

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Rebecca Solnit


Posted on Dec 2, 2013

The prolific and award winning American writer Rebecca Solnit (National Book Critics Circle Award winner, Mark Lynton History Prize winner, and Sally Hacker Prize recipient) is a border crosser.  In her book of essays titled A Field Guide to Getting Lost (Penguin Books, 2005), she writes about leaving the familiar and comfortable boundaries of one’s existence and fearlessly entering new territory. Her essay, “Open Door,” begins with...

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Arundhati Roy: Border Crosser


Posted on Nov 18, 2013

Arundhati Roy is a gifted border crosser. Born in India, Ms. Roy is a novelist, screenwriter, lecturer, and political activist who is respected throughout the world.  In1997, she won the Man Booker Prize in Fiction for The God of Small Things.  Issues that she has been involved with during the years include: corporate capitalism, environment degradation, human rights, globalization, nuclear power, imperialism, unequal distribution of...

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