Writing, Speaking, Dreaming: Authors Talk About Languages: A Special Program for High
April 29, 2010 | Instituto Cervantes | NYC
With Bernardo Atxaga, Randa Jarrar, Roger Sedarat, and Francisco X. Stork; moderated by Cathy Park Hong
Co-sponsored by Instituto Cervantes
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As a nation of immigrants, the United States has a rich linguistic life. English is a common language of communication; still, many other languages unify American communities and inﬂuence our lives as we work, reﬂect, and create. For writers, a second language can inﬂuence word choice, grammar, and other aspects of craft. A panel of accomplished authors discusses the ways in which they rely upon, contend with, and work through a language other than English in their professional and creative lives.
• Lyn Miller-Lachmann: The 30 or so students from Enterprise, Business, and Technology High School in Brooklyn got stuck on the L train but arrived just in time to join a group from Fox Lane High School in suburban Bedford at a panel of authors who grew up speaking and writing in multiple languages. [more]