PEN World Voices Festival

PEN World Voices is America’s only international literary festival, attracting the best known writers from across the globe. Since our founding, we have presented more than 1,500 writers and artists from 118 countries speaking 56 languages in venues across New York City in a weeklong series of literary events with a human rights focus. The Festival was founded by Salman Rushdie, Esther Allen, and Michael Roberts in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, with the aim of broadening channels of dialogue between the United States and the world—a mission that, today, has never been more relevant.

Highlights from the 2018 PEN World Voices Festival: Resist and Reimagine

More than 165 writers and artists representing over 50 nationalities gathered for the 2018 PEN World Voices Festival, which took place in New York City from April 16-22, 2018. At this moment of great division, participants and attendees came together for conversations, debates, readings, and workshops and took a collective step toward a more just world.

Participants included Francisco Cantú, Ron Chernow, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Jelani Cobb, Dave Eggers, Roxane Gay, Xiaolu Guo, Masha Gessen, Chris Hayes, Siri Hustvedt, Jhumpa Lahiri, Hasan Minhaj, Eileen Myles, R.J. Palacio, Salman Rushdie, Leila Sales, Anita Sarkeesian, Leila Slimani, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Colson Whitehead, and many more.