PEN World Voices Festival | NYC April 25 – May 1, 2016

Writing Gender

Véronique Tadjo
Photo by The Guardian

During this event, authors and editors discussed the role of gender in the creation of art, stories, literature, and, even, in the act of reading. Chantel Acevedo, Ananda Devi, Lolya Shoneyin, Véronique Tadjo, and Adéwálé Ajàdí spoke about the way their backgrounds either did or did not influence their careers as writers. Panelists described their connections to reading and writing as children, and how their families often placed a great importance on reading. Lola Shoneyin described her fascination with marriage and polygamy, which led to a general discussion on the subject. Chantel Acevedo told the audience about her experience becoming a young writer in a Cuban family.


Co-presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Albertine Books in French and English.

Sponsored, in part, by NYU Africa House.