Featuring Adonis, A.M. Homes, Martin Amis, Timothy Garton Ash, Judith Butler, Siri Hustvedt, Ivan Klima, Adam Michnik, Salman Rushdie, Tracy K. Smith, Colm Tóibín, Linn Ullman, and many more.
PEN World Voices Festival
More than 150 writers from 30 nations will gather in New York City.
For its 10th anniversary, the Festival celebrates those who have dared to stand "on the edge," risking their careers, and sometimes their lives, to speak out for their art and beliefs. Building upon PEN American Center’s tradition of defending freedom of expression, the festival will foster cross-cultural dialogue among writers, artists, and citizens around the globe, offering connective tissue for a new generation to see beyond cultural divisions and misconceptions. Join us for a wide range of events, including debates, one-on-one conversations, participatory workshops, and performances in venues throughout the city.
An insight into the deeply personal process by which a writer puts pen to page. Adonis w/Jorie Graham (4/29); Celebrated Czech novelist and playwright Ivan Klima w/Myla Goldberg (5/1); and László Krasznahorkai w/Colm Tóibín (5/4). more »
Known for their experimental and controversial works, acclaimed Lebanese theater artists Rabih Mroué and Lina Saneh reconstruct the final moments of a person's life. more »
Dylan Thomas’s 1950s New York is brought to life in this multimedia tribute fusing Welsh and English spoken word, jazz, vinyl, beat poetry and hip hop. In celebration of Dylan’s centennial, join Paul Muldoon and other poets, DJs and artists, as they revisit the time the writer spent in Greenwich Village where he recorded his first poetry to vinyl. more »
"I want to stand as close to the edge as i can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center"