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:

6:30 PM
Opening of La Frontera: Artists Along the U.S.-Mexican Border
With: Stefan Falke
Opening of La Frontera: Artists Along the U.S.-Mexican Border.

12:00 PM
Washington Mews
With: Édgar Javier Ulloa, ERRO Grupo, Hector Canonge, Isaque Ribeiro, Jarana Beat, Polina Porras
Performances on the Mews by Édgar Javier Ulloa, ERRO Grupo, Hector Canonge, Isaque Ribeiro, Jarana Beat, Polina Porras.

2:00 PM
Diasporic Fragments, Repeating Islands: Finding Shorty Bon Bon
With: Willie Perdomo
A poetry master class with Puerto Rican poet and PEN/Beyond Margins Award winner Willie Perdomo.

4:00 PM
The Middle East – Mexican Connection : Displacement, Borders, and Migration in Contemporary Rhymes
With: Mark Gonzales
This event will feature a conversation and performance by renowned artists Mark Gonzales and Bocafloja.

4:00 PM
A Conversation with Andreï Makine
With: Andreï Makine
Andreï Makine is a Russian-born French author recently elected to the Académie Française.

5:00 PM
KJCC Poetry Series
With: Cristina Rivera-Garza, Irene Gruss
Poetry Reading and Conversation with award-winning Mexican novelist Cristina Rivera-Garza and Irene Gruss.

5:00 PM
With: David Campos, Willie Perdomo, Natalie Scenters-Zapico
CantoMundo—the national organization that cultivates a community of Latina/o poets—presents a reading by David Campos, Willie Perdomo and Natalie Scenters-Zapico.

5:00 PM
Voyage of No Return, Finding Identity Between Albania, Italy, and America
With: Rebecca Falkoff, Ron Kubati
Ron Kubati emigrated to Italy from Albania in 1991 and began writing in the language of his host country, exploring themes of nostalgia, identity, and belonging.

5:30 PM
In Conversation: Glenn Patterson and Juan Villoro
With: Glenn Patterson, Juan Villoro
Writers Glenn Patterson of Northern Ireland and Juan Villoro of Mexico talk about the complexity of working in geographic areas known for violence.

5:30 PM
Far Away, and Yet So Close. A Conversation between Beate Rothmaier and Johannes Türk
With: Beate Rothmaier, Johannes Türk
A Reading and Conversation between Beate Rothmaier and Professor Johannes Türk.

6:00 PM
Characters in Search of a Country
Theatre performance based on Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello, presented by Kairos Italy Theater (Casa Italiana Theater Company in Residence.) With Aileen Lanni, Mario Merone, Lorenzo Possanza, Maria DeCotis. Directed by Laura Caparrotti. Assistant Director: Carlotta Brentan.

7:00 PM
Closing Panel: What’s Your Muse
In this panel, a group of distinguished international authors will read from their works and talk about their inspiration for writing.

7:00 PM
A Reading by Contributors to the Washington Square Review
With: Amy Hempel, Tommy Pico
A reading by contributors to the NYU Creative Writing Program’s nationally distributed literary journal, Washington Square Review, featuring acclaimed fiction writer Amy Hempel and poet Tommy Pico


The Literary Mews is presented with the support of:

NYU Arts & Science Office of the Dean for Humanities, 

Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities and Diversity, 

Department of English, 

NYU Center for the Humanities, 

Graduate School of Arts & Science Office of the Dean, 

Institute of Performing Arts at Tisch, 

College of Arts & Science Office of the Dean

The Literary Mews Festival is organized by:
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
Casa Italiana Zerilli – Marimó
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Deutsches Haus at NYU
Glucksman Ireland House NYU
Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
KJCC Poetry Series and Creative Writing in Spanish Program
La Maison Française
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
NYU Africa House
NYU Institute of African American Affairs
New York Institute for the Humanities

2016 PEN World Voices Festival: Literary Mews

This event took place as part of the 2016 PEN World Voices Festival.