At least eight miners die in explosion at Colombia coal mine

At least eight miners at an underground coal mine in Colombia have died and five more are missing after an explosion caused by methane gas, the national mining agency said on Saturday. The explosion took place on Friday in the Cucunuba municipality in Cundinamarca province, an area where illegal underground coal mining is widespread and […]

Posted at 5:02 PM on June 24, 2017 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Mine Disasters | Tagged: , , , , , , | Continue reading

3 killed as roof of coal mine falls in Asansol

Asansol: A coal mine gallery roof collapsed, killing three, at Bhanora West Block patch open cast mine in Asansol on Friday morning. This is an Eastern Coalfield Ltd (ECL) outsourcing mine. One person allegedly went missing after the cave-in. While villagers blamed the management, the authorities claimed the victims’ bodies were found at their home […]

Posted at 11:00 PM on June 17, 2017 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Mine Disasters | Tagged: , , , , , , | Continue reading



Mark Nowak is the author of Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004), a New York Times  “Editor’s Choice,” and Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009), which Howard Zinn called “a stunning educational tool.” He is a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism from Split This Rock (2015) and a Lannan Literary Fellow (2015). A native of Buffalo, Nowak currently directs the Worker Writers School, currently in collaboration with PEN America and the Worker Justice Center of New York.