PEN WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL

May 6 – May 12

Join more than 125 writers and artists representing over 50 nationalities in New York City for the 2019 PEN World Voices Festival: Open Secrets. In 60+ events in venues across New York City, the 15th anniversary of New York’s first international literary festival will gather nonfiction and fiction writers, thinkers, and activists to discuss what we reveal and what we withhold, and the opportunities and dangers inherent in the rapid reconfiguring of the public and the private in the literary, cultural, social, and political realms.

Featured Events

Rise Up: Tiananmen’s Legacy of Freedom and Democracy

Join us at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for a celebration of the dauntless courage and youthful defiance that challenged China's authoritarian establishment.
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Artists of the Air

How do daring and transgressive acts redefine our sense of art and performance? Join masters of extreme performance, Philippe Petit and Elizabeth Streb, as they discuss virtuosity, daring and their boundary-shattering careers.
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Raúl Zurita

Legendary poet of resistance Raúl Zurita will give a reading followed by a conversation with poet Norma Cole and poet/translator William Rowe.
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Film Screening and New York Premiere: “Leto”, directed by Kirill Serebrennikov

Viktor Tsoi embodied the rock culture of early ’80s Leningrad, and wrote impassioned anthems that helped fuel the USSR’s Perestroika transformation. The iconic singer-songwriter’s journey to Soviet Union-wide stardom is recreated in "Leto", directed by Kirill Serebrennikov.
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It Happened to Me

Placing the personal story in the public sphere is one of the most powerful and transformative of acts. Seven writers from around the world give very personal testimony about what happened to them.
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Arundhati Roy: The Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture

Join us at Harlem's World Famous Apollo Theater as award-winning writer Arundhati Roy delivers the Festival’s keynote lecture. Followed by a conversation with novelist and journalist Siddhartha Deb.
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