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Words & Music Festival: Joy & Justice

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Join PEN America and One Book One New Orleans for Words and Music: A Literary Feast, a literary festival in the Crescent City that appeals to writers, readers, musicians, and culture lovers alike. The three-day festival celebrates three hundred years of the city’s contribution to the arts with the theme “Voices of New Orleans/Voices of the World.” Guests will not only hear from New Orleans artists, but will also have the opportunity to explore the city during the “Literature and Lunch” series. The program includes notable figures such as DJ Soul Sister, Jason Berry, Peter Cooley, Dr. Kim Vaz-Deville, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin—just to name a few! 

PEN America is proud to support the Joy & Justice track, which will focus on celebrating African-American contributions to the arts in New Orleans and take an honest look at the problems facing the African-American community from a literary perspective. The program includes events like, Make it Funky and Feminine: A Conversation with DJ Soul SisterDon’t Read the Comments Section: NOLA Black Journalists Talk Race, Fake News, and Surviving the Industry; and Black Dance in Louisiana: From Africa to Twerking.

The festival is open to children & families, so come join us in celebrating the best of New Orleans literary life!