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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.

Jun,10 2016

An intimate conversation with Michael Musto on the comfort and beauty of checking out from the present.

Jun,10 2016

Poetic language moves from metaphor to insurgency in these stories about New York’s global working class, developed under the guidance of poet Mark Nowak.

Jun,10 2016

Sexo! Violencia! Drogas! Is there such a thing as narcoliterature? Or, does “narco” inevitably trump “literature”? In this lecture-performance, professor and award-winning author Oswaldo Zavala charts the evolution of this genre in Latin America over the past two decades.

Jun,10 2016

The movement to privatize prisons demands the creation of a public image that can attract sponsors and investors, even if it obfuscates how men and women are warehoused in these facilities. Such distortions are usually called propaganda; in our age they are called marketing. The PEN Prison Writing Committee and its colleagues at The Writer’s Foundry document these processes by observing prison products.

Jun,10 2016

The residents of Westbeth Center for the Arts open their homes to Festival-goers for this perennial fave. Grab a map and wander through the hallways of New York City’s oldest and largest artists’ community for salon-style readings and discussions by Festival authors.

Jun,10 2016

Mix and mingle at this salon-style house party, where Festival authors, moderators, and the audience discuss sociopolitical issues affecting the Mexico-U.S. border.

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