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Ascending the Throne

“If you’re ever in Tustin, CA. in September, walk down Holt. It’s an avenue that starts somewhere and ends nowhere. A wrought iron riddled row of storm channels and… More

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A Funny Story

“Then it dawned on me: people didn't care. I was, contrary to my firmly-held belief, not the center of the universe - my little Bildungsroman epiphany.” More

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Thinkin’ About You

“Or maybe he's thinking that his life is a mess, and that he’d rather die than go on living. And what he doesn’t know. . . you and I… More

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Shadows and Shades

“I picked up the mirror and saw a shift as I thought about my wounded life—the wounds that came from wanting to be someone who I am not.” More

On left: Headshots of Nikole Hannah-Jones, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Imbolo Mbue, and Maria Hinojosa. On right: “Power to the People” and list of participant names on top of assorted colorful shapes

TONIGHT: Join us for opening night of the 2021 PEN World Voices Festival!

Featuring Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Imbolo Mbu, and Maria Hinojosa, this conversation confronts questions of how to reconcile our collective pasts, challenging and reframing contested histories underlying today’s inequities.

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