Audio + Video

Nov,30 2016

Literature does not have a right to dehumanize, to make a human being a non-person.



Nov,23 2016

There are no sanctuaries in this country, and I doubt if there are any in the world. Tthere are no places in the world where the word does not reach, where the moving image does not have influence.

Nov,16 2016

All around me, I see the face of America changing as must you, if you take the number 7 train to Queens, the train I use to go to work and soon this wild disruptive perspective of new Americans from non-traditional immigrant countries will burst through the smooth civil surfaces of American literature. [Crista] Wolf is wrong in her final prophecy, we the minorities, we who have survived war and arduous odyssey’s are in the process of writing guerrilla fiction, we are subverting the canons of literature.

Apr,13 1986

"A writer must of course uphold intellectual freedom, defend all aspects of the development of man and pursues the progress of man from he kingdom of necessity to that of freedom from to which ends he will not flinch from his social and moral obligations.  Intellectual freedom is a duty as well as a right, just as the writers imagination is a freedom of choice, so the people, his readers, must be free to choose the writers they concur with.

Feb,22 1989

In this 1989 reading in support and defense of Salman Rushdie, Edward Said speaks to the role of pluralism in a contemporary, hybrid society.

May,19 1982

"I come from a race of people for whom, at one time in this country it was illegal to be taught to read, it was illegal and punishable by physical punishment and sometimes fatal punishment to learn how to read..."

Jul,28 2016

Featuring award-winning prose and poetry from the 2015 PEN Prison Writing Contest, read by Khalil Cumberbatch, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Siri Hustvedt, Mitchell S. Jackson, Dawn Lundy Martin, Jeffrey Toobin, John Wray, and Sunil Yapa.

Jul,20 2016

On May 25, 2016, Khadija Ismayilova, winner of the 2015 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, was released on probation and granted a suspended sentence in a Supreme Court decision rendered in the capital of Azerbaijan. Below, a message from Ismayilova recognizing the efforts of PEN America and free-expression defenders the world over who advocated for her release.

"The unity and solidarity that was demonstrated in my case will help all the governments understand that truth and love will always prevail over lies and hatred. Thank you for your support."

Jun,10 2016

A tête-à-tête with Ethiopian-born Israeli author Dalia Betolin-Sherman, Prix Goncourt recipient Andrei Makine, and Burhan Sönmez, award-winning Turkish author who escaped Turkey with assistance from the Freedom from Torture foundation after being assaulted by the Turkish police.

Jun,10 2016

Global bazaar meets county fair at this fourth annual festival within the Festival. Discover a world of literature, performances, and music on NYU’s beautiful Washington Mews, and its International Houses and Institutes.All events are free and open to the public. For detailed information visit: as.nyu.edu/page/literarymews

Jun,10 2016

What happens when a poem migrates into another language, not just once but twice? Find out at this Festival favorite, where poets, translators, and audience members square off in a smart and spirited exchange over meaning, choice, and freedom.

Jun,10 2016

Nigerian-born journalist Chike Frankie Edozien, who has written on government and health issues—especially the impact of HIV/AIDS among Africans—shares and discusses his work. Currently working on a memoir, Edozien is the co-founder of AFRican Magazine.

Jun,10 2016

Kids watch the José Limón Dance Company perform excerpts from Limón’s classic, The Winged, participate in a movement workshop, and join in a conversation with the author and illustrator of the Tomás Rivera Award-winning book José! Born to Dance.

Jun,10 2016

Join us for a special conversation with Las Reinas Chulas, the acclaimed Mexican cabaret company that uses satire, farce, and music to offer humorous social criticism on today’s pressing issues. Las Reinas Chulas is a driving force behind a generation of performing artists devoted to activism.

Jun,10 2016

Celebrated Mexican poet, essayist, and editor Luis Felipe Fabre offers a vivid and insightful multimedia crash course on contemporary Mexican poetry. Enjoy an evening of music, live performance, and recorded readings from some of Mexico’s premier poets.

Jun,10 2016

Activism is infused with a Latin beat for this event, hosted by beloved TV journalist, Maria Hinojosa. Novelist and playwright Veronica Gonzalez Peña joins writer-performer Rubén Martínez to discuss border issues, cultural hybridity, migration, and more. With music from Jarana Beat.

Jun,10 2016

Celebrate the role that brave and uncompromising women writers play in Mexican fiction, poetry, journalism, and playwriting. A rare opportunity to hear from some of Mexico’s leading contemporary voices, brought together on the same stage.

Jun,10 2016

As the United States begins to reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba, a more complex view of the island is becoming more available to Americans whose access to the island has been limited by the five decade embargo. This event offers a rare opportunity to hear leading intellectual historian Rafael Rojas and prize-winning film director Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti discuss the challenges facing public intellectuals in today's Cuba.

Jun,10 2016

Italian novelist Elena Ferrante has become a worldwide sensation with her Neapolitan novels. Ferrante’s longtime English-language translator joins Festival authors to discuss the work of this famously enigmatic author.

Jun,10 2016

Mexico’s sensitive sociopolitical issues are often presented as solely Mexico’s challenges, obscuring the roles played by other Latin American countries and the United States. This public debate is the culmination of a daylong private symposium of artists and writers who seek creative ways to defend truth and promote effective understanding.


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