30 Apr 2017
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02 May 2017
03 May 2017
04 May 2017
05 May 2017
06 May 2017
07 May 2017

Festival Prelude! A House Divided

House Divided unites artists, writers, thinkers, and politicos in a one-of-a-kind event to be held at the historic Great Hall at Cooper Union, where Lincoln gave his famous address on slavery. Artists and writers will unite to speak out to these divisive times in our nation, not necessarily to find a solution, but to bring the creative community into the Public Dialogue. This event is free. Reservations are available via the "buy tickets" button.
A House Divided

World Voices: International Play Festival 2017 – Day One

With the writers hailing from five different continents, the International Play Festival generates a conversation on art, politics, dreams, war, and philosophy, meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of the greater global dialogue. Free and open to the public, first come first served.
Mîrza Metîn
Patricia Cornelius
Natal’ia Vorozhbit

United Against Hate

Voices in the arts rally against hate, with performances, readings, and conversations from Patti Smith with her daughter Jesse Paris Smith, Ani DiFranco, Marlon James, Colum McCann, Suphala, Andrew Solomon, Suzanne Nossel, and Salman Rushdie.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Suzanne Nossel
Salman Rushdie
Ani DiFranco
Colum McCann
Andrew Solomon
Marlon James
Patti Smith
​Jesse Paris Smith

Forbidden: Too Punk/ Too Queer

Carrie Brownstein (Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl/Portlandia) and Thomas Meinecke (Tomboy)—both musician-authors—discuss what it means to be heard, loudly. Moderated by Kathy Tu.
Kathy Tu
Thomas Meinecke
Carrie Brownstein

The DREAMers Project Workshop

The poet José Emilio Pacheco, used to say that written fiction has survived because it’s, still, the best technology we have to incorporate the other’s experience in ours: the more...
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Valeria Luiselli
Álvaro Enrigue

World Voices: International Play Festival 2017 – Day Two

With the writers hailing from five different continents, the International Play Festival generates a conversation on art, politics, dreams, war, and philosophy, meant to give American audiences a rich awareness of the greater global dialogue. Free and open to the public, first come first served.
Jô Bilac
Daniela Pereira
Sasha Marianna Salzmann
Joaquim Vicente
Marcia Zanelatto
Hakim Bah

Queer Representation and the Media

Jennifer Finney Boylan, Thomas Page McBee, Eileen Myles, Saeed Jones, and Jennifer Pozner discuss the narratives of transgender issues found—or not seen—in the media. This event is free, reservations via the "buy tickets" button.
Jennifer Pozner
Saeed Jones
Jennifer Finney Boylan
Thomas Page McBee

A Screening of the Controversial Brazilian film “Aquarius,” starring Sonia Braga

A screening of the powerful 2016 film (directed by Kleber Mendonca Filho, with Sonia Braga) about the struggles of an independent woman.
Elissa Schappell
DW Gibson
Lucrecia Zappi
Eric M. B. Becker

Exposure: Politics, Sex, and Power

Rokudenashiko, a feminist Japanese manga artist making colorful models of her vagina, Ali Asgar, an LGBTQ+ Bangladeshi performance artist, and Iranian singer-songwriter Mohsen Namjoo, the “Bob Dylan of Iran” (New York Times), will explore politics, gender and identity, and their experience of persecution at home. The conversation will be moderated by Alexandra Munroe, Guggenheim Senior Curator for Asian Art.
Alexandra Munroe
Mohsen Namjoo
Ali Asgar

Girl-Powered Fiction

Young female protagonists uncover betrayals, secrets, and sinister motives—from long buried familial conflicts to nefarious classmates—in five novels, set all over the world. This event is free, reservations available via the "buy tickets" button.
Karolina Ramqvist
Han Yujoo
Naomi Jackson
Hannah Tinti

Corrosive Power

Writers and translators Athena Farrokhzad, Jennifer Hayashida, Noemi Jaffe, Julia Sanches and Ellen Elias-Bursać discuss the borders of power, gender, language, place, and identity, examining where they intersect and diverge.
Jennifer Hayashida
Noemi Jaffe
Julia Sanches
Athena Farrokhzad
Ellen Elias-Bursac

The Female Flaneur: Reclaiming the City

Women writers on urban space, freedom, and how they move through and experience it. This event is free, reservations available via the "buy tickets" button.
Lauren Elkin
Joanna Scutts
Vivian Gornick
Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Freeman’s #3: Home

Greenlight celebrates the release of Freeman’s #3: Home with a reading and panel from contributors Barry Lopez, Kerri Arsenault, Lawrence Joseph, and Emily Raboteau, hosted by Freeman’s founder and editor John Freeman.
John Freeman

Power of the Arts: From Propaganda to Free Speech

Using the prism of Shakespeare, we will consider the various ways his work has been used throughout the centuries to channel dissent or used as propaganda and how the arts allow for greater freedoms of speech in our societies in the UK and US today.
Sandra Gibson
Jodie Ginsberg
Dr. Alexa Alice Joubin
Dominic Dromgoole
Vahni Capildeo

Gender, Power & Faith

A discussion about the intersection of LGBTQ rights and faith with Joy Ladin, Amy Butler, Garrard Conley, Binyavanga Wainaina, moderated by Jennifer Boylan. This event is free, reservations available via the "buy tickets" button.
Rev. Dr. Amy Butler
Garrard Conley
Joy Ladin
Jennifer Finney Boylan
Binyavanga Wainaina

Forbidden: Too Liberated

Who’s afraid of women’s sexuality? Sarah Barmak, Mona Eltahawy, Jill Filipovic, and Sabrina Jones. This event is free, reservations available via the "buy tickets" button.
Amy Gall
Sarah Barmak
Sabrina Jones
Jill Filipovic
Mona Eltahawy

Monkey Business: Japan/America Writers’ Dialogue

Curated by the co-founders and editors of Monkey Business, Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen, together with contributing editor Roland Kelts, this dialogue features Japanese authors Hiromi Itō and Hiroko Oyamada, in conversation with American authors Jamaica Kincaid and Brian Evenson.
Motoyuki Shibata
Roland Kelts
Hiroko Oyamada
Hiromi Ito
Brian Evenson
Jamaica Kincaid

An Evening with Adonis, Winner of the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature

An evening of celebration and conversation with world-renowned poet Adonis. Poet and PEN Trustee Tom Healy will present the award and read English translations of a selection of Adonis’ poems. He will be interviewed by Jessica Hagedorn, a judge for the PEN/Nabokov Award, and winner of the American Book Award.
Tom Healy
Jessica Hagedorn

Literary Quest: Tenement Edition

Strong eminent women are the subjects of writers and performers.
Min Jin Lee
Vivian Gornick
Lisa Ko
Jennifer Egan
Teju Cole
Naomi Jackson
Laurie Anderson

Women and War

How do war, migration, and racism shape women’s interactions with their bodies, families, and the world? With Athena Farrokhzad, Helon Habila, Alia Malek, and Dr. Nimmi Gowrinathan.
Jennifer Percy
Maaza Mengiste
Athena Farrokhzad
Helon Habila
Dr. Nimmi Gowrinathan
Alia Malek

Portraying Gay Male Life Today

Artists discuss their take on the post-marriage equality yet homophobic state-of-the-world with Tobin Low, Andrew Solomon, Garth Greenwell, Ali Asgar, and Edouard Louis.
Édouard Louis
Ali Asgar
Garth Greenwell
Andrew Solomon

A Woman’s Place: In Food, Power and Writing

Women writers, entrepreneurs, and artists explore the dramas of culinary history, tradition, and the future of food with vigor and nuance. This event is free, reservations available via the "buy tickets" button.
Words Without Borders
Sonya Kharas
Chitrita Banerji
Allison Markin Powell
Rohan Kamicheril
Mariana Enríquez

Water as Weapon

From Standing Rock to the Niger Delta to Gaza, access to clean, safe water is at the center of conflicts that will shape the world’s future.
Zaha Hassan
Mohammad Saba’aneh
Filip Springer
Natalie Diaz
Claire Vaye Watkins

Shattering Taboos to Change Culture

Throughout the world, rape and sexual assault survivors are shamed into silence because of long held and deeply embedded cultural beliefs that perpetuate stigma. Driven by a sense of urgency to change this paradigm, Ram Devineni co-created the augmented reality superhero Priya, a rape survivor whose story is opening new ways to educate about gender based violence in India. Adding a US perspective to these challenges are Jessica Luther who proposes a constructive alternative to navigating rape on college campuses. Also joining them will be Andrea Pino, editor of We Believe You, an anthology of stories of survivors’ trauma, healing, and activism. Moderated by Bryony Cole. This event is free, reservations available via the "buy tickets" button.
Andrea Pino
Bryony Cole
Ram Devineni
Jessica Luther

Pushing Past Glass Ceilings

Women from disparate walks of life and ages share their experiences of breaking through cultural norms, pushing past the heteronormative patriarchy, and self-empowerment.
Amy Siskind
Theresa Rebeck
Giannina Braschi
Rita Mae Brown
Valerie Graves

Forbidden: Too Desirous

A discussion on portraying women’s sexuality in fiction with novelists Yewande Omotoso, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Malin Persson Giolito, and Minae Mizumura. This event is free, reservations available via the "buy tickets" button.
Belinda McKeon
Yewande Omotoso
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
Minae Mizumura
Malin Persson Giolito

Forbidden: Too Much in Love

Illicit love is the subject of these internationally celebrated authors who have dared to cross religious, cultural, and gender taboos.
Mira Jacob
Sarah Ladipo Manyika
Shani Mootoo
Dorit Rabinyan
Pajtim Statovci

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Trevor Noah

A discussion on straddling multiple cultural identities between Nigerian-born National Book Award winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Trevor Noah, the South African- born host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Thank you to Penguin Random House for their generous sponsorship of this event. This event is also presented in partnership with Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment's One Book, One New York.
Penguin Random House
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Photo by Kwaku Alston
Trevor Noah
Chris Jackson

What’s Old is New: Gender and Power in Iliazd’s Neglected Rapture

Iliazd’s novel about a bandit and his lover offended both Russia’s revolutionaries and their opponents in the 1920s. Why read it now? With translator Thomas Kitson and Russian literature scholar Jennifer Wilson. This event is free, reservations available via the "buy tickets" button.
Thomas J. Kitson
Jennifer Wilson

The New Salon: Writers in Conversation

Valeria Luiselli is the author of the essay collection "Sidewalks" and the novels "Faces in the Crowd" and "The Story of My Teeth", a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Hannah Tinti is the author of the story collection "Animal Crackers" and the novels "The Good Thief" and "The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley".
Valeria Luiselli
Hannah Tinti


International award-winning writers read passages from works that influenced them alongside passages from their own writing, with Teju Cole, Marilyn Nelson, Oddny Eir and Samanta Schweblin. Moderated by Bridgett Davis.
Marilyn Nelson
Oddný Eir
Teju Cole
Samanta Schweblin
Bridgett M. Davis

Kitchen Table Translation: Migration, Diaspora, Contexts

Approaching the Collision of Texts and Bodies. With Eiko Otake, Dagmawi Woubshet, and Amy Sara Carroll. Moderated by Madhu Kaza.
Amy Sara Carroll
Madhu Kaza
Eiko Otake
Dagmawi Woubshet

Cuban Dreams/Cuban Histories

Explore mythologies and lived experiences of Cubans with renowned contemporary poets Nancy Morejón and Derek Palacio, while immersing yourself in an after-hours discovery of the American Museum of Natural History’s exhibition ¡Cuba!.
Ana Luz Porzecanski
Nancy Morejón
Derek Palacio

Gender, Power, and Authoritarianism in the Dystopian Age

How is controlling reproductive rights at a crossroads? With Marge Piercy, Alice Sola Kim, Namwali Sperwell, and Basma Abdel Aziz.
Alice Sola Kim
Namwali Serpell
Basma Abdel Aziz
Marge Piercy
Jeff VanderMeer

Literary Quest: Westbeth Edition

Residents open their homes for readings by authors and a party in their legendary gallery.
Karolina Ramqvist
Igor Štiks
Haroon Moghul
Thomas Meinecke
Gabby Rivera
Filip Springer
Rita Mae Brown
Peter Cole
Mariana Enríquez
Idra Novey
Pajtim Statovci
Dubravka Ugrešić
Han Yujoo
Bae Suah
Abeer Hoque
Emanuel Xavier
Moustafa Bayoumi
Minae Mizumura
Farah Jasmine Griffin
Tanwi Nandini Islam

The Poetry of Desire

Vahni Capildeo, Natalie Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo, and Shivanee Ramlochan examine intimacy, language, and poetry as the key that unlocks both mind and body.
Vahni Capildeo
Natalie Diaz
Gregory Pardlo
Shivanee Ramlochan

Conversation Viet Thanh Nguyen and Chinelo Okparanta

Viet Thanh Nguyen joins Chinelo Okparanta for a conversation about gender, race and power in their work and lives. This event is free, reservations available via the "buy tickets" button.
Parul Sehgal
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Chinelo Okparanta

Comedy Writing in the Age of Trump

Comedy writing in the age of Trump with members of Samantha Bee’s writing team. With Mathan Erhardt, Ashley Black, and Patrick Cassels. Hosted by WNYC Studios' More Perfect producer Sean Rameswaram. Co-presented with the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC
Mathan Erhardt
Ashley Nicole Black
Pat Cassels

Feminizm Po-Russki: Three Writers on Women in Modern Russia

Three Russian women writers, from different genres and generations, consider gender, power, and creative freedom in their country. Hear from a chronicler of Pussy Riot and gay rights in Russia,...
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A. Nune
Sana Krasikov
Elena Kostyuchenko
Elena Chizhova

Insistent Tongues: Queer World Voices

Poetry, prose and performance by gay writers who speak openly about the power and challenges of creating from a queer perspective with Binyavanga Wainaina (Kenya), Saeed Jones (USA), Marlon James (Jamaica) and Ali Asgar (Bangladesh). Moderated by Charles Rice-González (USA/Puerto Rico). This event is free, reservations available via the "buy tickets" button.
Ali Asgar
Marlon James
Saeed Jones
Binyavanga Wainaina

Identity in the Age of Globalization: An African Diasporic Perspective

How do African writers, at home and abroad, navigate the challenges of material, audience, and more in a rapidly shrinking world? With Maaza Mengiste, Peter Kimani, and Mona Eltahawy. Moderated by Andy Tepper. This event is free, reservations available via the "buy tickets" button.
Andy Tepper
Peter Kimani
Maaza Mengiste
Mona Eltahawy

Legacies: Militancy and Sisterhood

Writers Honor Moore, Michelle Golberg, and Margo Jefferson discuss the ongoing legacy of second-wave feminism with writer, critic, and Jezebel founder Anna Holmes.
Michelle Goldberg
Margo Jefferson
Honor Moore
Alix Kates Shulman

Crises of Empathy: Translation and Migration

Navigating territory and testimony beyond the linguistic. With Lina Mounzer, Jonathan Blitzer, and Sahand Keshavarz Rahbar. Moderated by Allison Markin Powell.
Sahand Keshavarz Rahbar
Jonathan Blitzer
Lina Mounzer
Allison Markin Powell

Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards and Suzanne Nossel Discuss the Body Politic

In the face of egregious assaults on women’s rights to control their own bodies and speech, Executive Director of PEN Suzanne Nossel and President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards discuss resisting and fighting back, ensuring that free expression and reproductive rights are protected for all.
Cecile Richards
Suzanne Nossel


Each of these three authors has written work that falls on the spectrum of memoir – some is more fictionalized, and some stays truer to their authors’ lives and experiences....
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Sarah Gerard
Marcelino Truong
Oddný Eir
Bae Suah

Lit Crawl NYC 2017

From East Village bars to laundromats, park benches, and bookstores, Lit Crawl NYC brings literature to the streets with readings, discussions, and events full of readers, writers, and all-around literary merriment, kicking off with a literary magazine block party at CLMP's PRESS FEST!. Lit Crawl NYC was founded in 2008, and since 2015 has been jointly produced by Litquake and PEN America, an organization dedicated to defending free expression, supporting persecuted writers, and promoting literary culture.
Mariela Dreyfus
Simone Lappert
Lila Zemborain
Rebecca Falkoff
Atina Grossmann
Rosamond S. King
Maïa Mazaurette
Katya Petrowskaja
Francine Prose
Lit Crawl NYC

Dystopian Wastelands

How do we imagine the world ending? With Claire Vaye Watkins, Jeff VanderMeer, Emily St. John Mandel, and Alexander Weinstein.
Alexander Weinstein
Emily St. John Mandel
Jeff VanderMeer
Claire Vaye Watkins

Argentina on the Edge

Bold new writing is coming from Argentinean writers, at home and abroad. A celebration of Samanta Schweblin (Fever Dream), Mariana Enriquez (Things We Lost in the Fire), and Pola Oloixarac (Savage Theories). Moderated by Lina Meruane. This event is free, reservations available via the "buy tickets" button.
Lina Meruane
Mariana Enríquez
Samanta Schweblin
Pola Oloixarac

Translation Slam

What happens when a poem migrates into another language, not just once but twice? Find out at this Festival favorite, where poets, translators, and audience members square off in a spirited exchange over meaning, choice, and freedom.
Michael F. Moore
J. Keith Vincent
Janine Beichman
Katrina Dodson
Noemi Jaffe
Hiromi Ito
Gregory Pardlo

Translating Women’s Voices

Translators Tess Lewis, Susan Bernofsky, Kaiama L. Glover, and Katrine Jensen will read from their work, followed by a lively discussion on the vital importance of translating work by women,...
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Kaiama L. Glover
Alta L. Price
Katrine Jensen
Tess Lewis
Susan Bernofsky

Mysticism and mastery in Middle Eastern poetry

A conversation between former MacArthur fellow, polymath translator and poet Peter Cole and Rumi biographer Brad Gooch, on timeless and timely Middle Eastern poetry and mysticism. This event is free and open to the public.
Brad Gooch
Peter Cole

Art and the End of Times with Molly Crabapple

From Trump to Putin to Erdogan to Duterte, the world is experiencing a global love affair with fascism. What role can art play in combating political repression and populist demagoguery?...
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Molly Crabapple

Hack the Story: Learn Interactive Story Design and Podcasting

Inspired by William Gibson’s literary work on cyberpunk — participants will examine and learn new forms of storytelling such as virtual reality and interactive stories, followed by a workshop on podcasting...
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Adnaan Wasey
Ram Devineni
Frances Harlow

Grrls, Pearls, Unfurl: Identity and Self Love in the Millennial Age

This interactive two-part program will engage New York City teens on issues of gender and power and their impact on their daily lives. The program will feature panels and performances exploring topics from modern beauty standards and their connection to self-esteem to a conversation celebrating local teen activists and their impact on the City. Co-presented with the Apollo Women of the World Festival. This event is free, reservations available via the "buy tickets" button.
Gabourey Sidibe

Forbidden: Too Nationalistic

The follies of nationalism and art in the former Yugoslavia, both at home and in exile. With Dubravka Ugresic, Aleksandar Hemon, and Igor Stiks. Hosted by the Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs
John Freeman
Igor Štiks
Aleksandar Hemon
Dubravka Ugrešić

Women in Ink

Liza Donnelly of The New Yorker brings together editorial cartoonists Roz Chast, Liana Finck, Rayma Suprani and Emily Flake to discuss the unique challenges of succeeding in a male-dominated field.
Rayma Suprani
Emily Flake
Roz Chast
Liana Finck
Liza Donnelly

US Borders and the Central American Diaspora

The map of North and Central America is marked with the deaths of hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees who have tried to escape their circumstances and seek a...
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Francisco Goldman
Rebecca Sosa
Reyna Grande
Francisco Cantú
Valeria Luiselli

Bronx Writers Center Workshop

Learn new writing techniques at two workshops hosted by the Bronx Council of the Arts' Bronx Writers Center and PEN World Voices Festival. Instructed by Nancy Morejon. This event is free, reservations available via the "buy tickets" button.
Nancy Morejón

Dreaming Out Loud

A chance to get to know the humans behind the news headlines - hear firsthand stories by DREAMers written under the guidance of Alvaro Enrigue.
Álvaro Enrigue

Transcendent Obscenity

Renowned comic artists who put the graphic in graphic art talk and illustrate the limits of obscenity, with renowned graphic artists Gengoroh Tagame, Simon Hanselmann, and Julia Gfrörer. Moderated by Jennifer Camper.
Julia Gfrörer
Jennifer Camper
Gengoroh Tagame
Simon Hanselmann

Poetry Reading at the Union Square Greenmarket

Come out to the Union Square Greenmarket and hear incredible poets read! With participants from the Worker Writers School in Kingston, participants from the PEN America-Worker Writers School, and their...
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Mark Nowak

Incarceration Nation: The PEN Prison Writing Program presents a public and private look at a private prison profiteer

In late 2016, The Corrections Corporation of America changed its name to CoreCivic - a deliberate re-branding of a for-profit company noted for high recidivism, as well as its lobbying efforts to build new prison facilities and affect legislation toward growth. The makeover increases marketing toward post-release prison facilities and detention centers for those awaiting deportation. The PEN Prison Writing Program presents this public and private look at a private prison profiteer – the impact of its language and perception. Hosted by the Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs

Badass Writers: Power and Truth

An exploration of social justice, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and race by important authors for Children and Young Adults, with Renee Watson, Lilliam Rivera, Natalie Diaz, and Gabby Rivera. Moderated by Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca. This event is free, reservations available via the "buy tickets" button.
Lauren Duca
Gabby Rivera
Natalie Diaz
Lilliam Rivera
Renée Watson

Bronx Writers Center Workshop

Learn new writing techniques at two workshops hosted by the Bronx Council of the Arts' Bronx Writers Center and PEN World Voices Festival. With Morgan Parker. This event is free, reservations available via the "buy tickets" button.
Morgan Parker

The Radical Act of Drawing a Life

Drawing a life can be a radical act if you are a woman, an immigrant, or anyone whose experience exists outside of patriarchal norms. With renowned graphic artists Sandrine Revel...
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Marcelino Truong
Sandrine Revel
Sabrina Jones
Gabrielle Bell
Meg Lemke

The Incarceration of Women

The United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other nation in the world and the number of women in U.S. prisons has been increasing at a rate that is 50% higher than men since 1980. More than 60% of women in state prisons have a child under the age of 18. What are the impact of these statistics on our communities and on women’s emotional, physical, and political selves? What can be done to steer awareness toward actions and strategies to counter the policies and laws that have created these realities? What opportunities and support can women access upon release? With Piper Kerman, Christine Pahigian, and Vivian Nixon. Moderated by Kate Landon. Hosted by the Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs
Asale Angel-Ajani
Christine Pahigian
Vivian Nixon
Piper Kerman
Kate Landon

The New Voices of Labor: Writers from the Worker Writers School

Performances of poetry workshopped with Mark Nowak and members of Domestic Workers United, the Retail Action Project, Taxi Drivers Alliance, the Street Vendors Project, and the Workers Justice Center.
Mark Nowak
Natalie Diaz

Nancy Morejón and Wild Noise

Nancy Morejón fearlessly takes on ethnicity, gender, history, politics, Afro-Cuban identity, and the collision of cultures in the “New World” with her poetry. This reading and meet-the-poet talk with one of the first Cuban women to celebrate blackness in poetry will be set against the backdrop of the Bronx Museum’s Wild Noise/Ruido Salvaje exhibition, a survey of Cuban artists both on the island and abroad grappling with issues of identity, community, and the urban experience. This event is free, reservations available via the "buy tickets" button.
Nancy Morejón

Art, Gender, and Social Justice

Artists provoke and enlighten by giving voice to perspectives in our world that might otherwise remain unseen. Artistic investigations of contemporary attitudes and norms have been embedded in the forefront of movements for social justice, civil rights, and equity for marginalized voices throughout history. What roles do art and gender play in creating social justice locally and globally? With Ana Oliveria, Jessica Greer, Hafizah Geter, and Giannina Braschi. Hosted by the Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs
Hafizah Geter
Jessica Greer Morris
Ana Oliveira
Giannina Braschi

Lev Rubinstein Sings the Songs of Soviet Times

Lev Rubinstein, poet, essayist and patriarch of Moscow conceptualism, has always made cultural allusions and quotations a part of his literary art. He sings the Soviet musical canon from the 1930s -1960s, most of which was released on 78 rpm records. Rubinstein, along with several Soviet generations, grew up listening this music on the radio; it penetrated the fabric of their lives. These songs in his interpretations are not ordinary remakes, they are a part of his conceptualism as well - the cultural references and quotations of the bygone world. Tickets for this event are free, make a reservation via the "buy tickets" button.
Lev Rubinshtein

Pen vs. Sword: Satire vs the State

Mo Rocca, Djiboutian novelist Abdourahman Waberi, Bosnian-born novelist Aleksandar Hemon, Russian and American journalist Masha Gessen, and others discuss state powers that often out-satirizes fiction. (Sponsored by Greenlight Bookstore.) Moderated by Elissa Schappell.
Elissa Schappell
Masha Gessen
Aleksandar Hemon
Abdourahman Waberi
Mo Rocca

Poetic Duels: Sheyr Jangi

Poetic battles, called Sheyr Jangi in Afghanistan, has roots in the early medieval Central Asian Courts. For this event, we pay homage to this tradition—but with a twist. Our “deck” of...
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The M Word: Muslim-American Women on Power and Beauty

What is the unchallenged perception of a Muslim-American woman? Who gets to decide what images and narratives about women dominate the public discourse, the media, and the literary world? Is the hijab a fashion accessory, an expression of one’s faith, or trending iconography? Is a focus on the hijab reductive? Co-presented with the Apollo Women of the World Festival. Tickets for this event are free, reservations are available via the "buy tickets" button.
Rozina Ali
Penina Roth
Mara Brock Akil
Mona Haydar
Rana Abdelhamid

Unapologetically Afro-Latina

This WOW conversation celebrates what it means to be an Afro Latina and explores the intersectionality of her identity. This panel will also address the multilayered impact of racism on the lives of Afro Latinas across the Spanish-speaking African Diaspora, from socio-economic status to education and healthcare access to representation in media and politics. With Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Nancy Morejon, Magdalena Albizu, and more. Presented with the Apollo Women of the World Festival. Co-presented by the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. This event is free, reservations available through the "buy tickets" button.
Nancy Morejón

World Voices: International Play Festival 2017 – Day Three

Nine Plays From Five Continents The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents World Voices: International Play Festival 2017. As part of the 2017 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature,...
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Bashar Murkus
Eunsung Kim
Rama Haydar

Arthur Miller Lecture: Masha Gessen and Samantha Bee

This year's lecture will be two-part: leading Russian and American journalist and author Masha Gessen will give a short lecture followed by a longer conversation with Samantha Bee, host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
Samantha Bee
Masha Gessen