# 12 – Myanmar Poets Union

Formed out of the ashes of the government controlled Myanmar Writers and Journalists Association in 2013, the MPU began life as a place for poets to meet, argue and fight over the direction of the form in Myanmar.  Still divided into traditional and modernists, they refuse to amalgamate with other literary associations, such as the Myanmar Writers Union, the Myanmar Writers Association or the Myanmar Writers Club, for, in their own words, ‘we are poets, we don’t write’.

 

To read more about Myanmar, their censored literature and my travels with Burmese writers, take a look at my award-shortlisted political travel book, ‘The People Elsewhere: Unbound Journeys with the Storytellers of Myanmar’.

 

lit group - mpu

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