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America, Real and Imagined

What does it mean to be American? How does where we live and where we grow up determine our vision of America? In this conversation as part of PEN World Voices, writers discussed the diverse landscape of identity in this country: how family and geography influence our notion of what it means to be American and our visions of and for the nation. Acclaimed poet and musician Joy Harjo and writers Francisco Cantú and Sarah Gerard convened for a unique forum on the America of our imagination, how it matches up with reality, and how our conception of certain regions of America is in dialogue with our understanding of the country as a whole. With Lesley Nneka Arimah.

View photos from the event 2018 PEN World Voices Festival: America, Real and Imagined

Co-presented with BAM

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