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Featuring Adonis, A.M. Homes, Martin Amis, Timothy Garton Ash, Judith Butler, Siri Hustvedt, Michael Stipe, 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.
In a rare visit to the States, once-imprisoned Syrian author Adonis, considered by many to be the most important Arab poet, will speak with celebrated American poet Jorie Graham and award-winning translator and scholar Khaled Mattawa. Watch the video.  more »
The literature of war has ancient roots, but it’s still vital: as long as war exists we will write about it. Watch the video.  more »
...or rather lost love. One love. One particular past relationship, from her high school years, which has carved out an enduring nook in author and LGBT activist Jennifer Finney Boylan’s psyche. Watch the video.  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"

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