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The Present Past: Celebrating Writers of Color


October 14, 2008 | New York City

With: Amiri Baraka, Joseph M. Marshall III, Allison Hedge Coke, Martha Southgate, and Peter Cameron

PEN hosts an evening of readings and conversation to honor Chris Abani, Amiri Baraka, Frances Hwang, Joseph M. Marshall III, and Naeem Murr, winners of the 2008 PEN/Beyond Margins Award.


Photo Gallery
• See photo gallery on Flickr

• Entire program
• Introduction by Peter Cameron
• Conversation: Amiri Baraka, Joseph M. Marshall III, and Peter Cameron
• Audience Q&A

• Martha Southgate reads from Chris Abani’s Song for Night
• Amiri Baraka reads “Rhythm Travel”
• Martha Southgate reads Frances Hwang’s “Transparency”
• Allison Hedge Coke reads from Naeem Murr’s The Perfect Man
• Joseph M. Marshall III reads from The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn


Beyond Margins: A Critical Perspective
• Entire discussion Beyond Margins: A Critical Perspective

NBCC and PEN American Center host a panel discussion with Joseph Marshall III, Ibrahim Ahmad, Margo Jefferson, and  Rigoberto González; moderated by Jane Ciabattari


Winning Works
Conrad Loomis & the Clothes Ray
by Amiri Baraka

Song for Night
by Chris Abani

by Frances Hwang

The Perfect Man
by Naeem Murr

The Day the Battle Ended at Little Bighorn
by Joseph M. Marshall III

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