This month's features an interview with Antón Arrufat, the novelist and playwright who was among the country's post-revolutionary vanguard, invited Ginsberg to Cuba, and was barred in 1968 from publishing for offending the Castro regime only to be awarded, decades later, the nation's highest honour for writers. He talks to The White Review about revolution, censorship, and what it means to write. Paige K. Bradley discusses the work of the great contemporary American painter Amy Sillman with reference to the problems with abstraction, the treatment of art made by women and the existential crises of Daffy Duck. Having last month published two poems by Derek Jarman, we're pleased this month to carry an interview with the structuralist film-maker John Smith, recent winner of the prestigious Film London Jarman Award. Elsewhere, the radical poet and playwright Heathcote Williams recalls the time he spent with William Burroughs in London. We're delighted to bring you a novel extract by the brilliant American writer Micheline Aharonian Marcom, whose novels have been acclaimed by Scott Esposito and Chris Kraus. Martin Monahan contributes a surreal tale of occupation and utopia, while the Welsh writer Joe Dunthorne – author of Submarine and Wild Abandon – contributes two poems.