Dispatches from the Margins: Writers in Exile

14 May 2022
12:00 pm ET
Judson Memorial Church

Writers’ power to expose inequalities, mobilize collective resistance, and share unorthodox perspectives risks putting them in the crosshairs of governments and extremist groups that seek to silence independent thought and dissident ideas. With their lives and livelihoods under threat, these writers are often forced into exile to seek a place where they can create freely and safely. 

Join Amy Goodman, the host of Democracy Now!, for an illuminating conversation on persecution for free expression and the written word. The discussion will shine a light on the experiences of writers at risk globally, and will feature Egyptian writer, filmmaker, and activist Sanaa Seif; Ugandan filmmaker and writer Achiro P. Olwoch; and Uyghur author and human rights advocate Jewher Ilham. 

This event is presented in partnership with PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) and supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Please note: as of May 10, the elevator of this historic venue is non-functioning. The event space is located up stairs. Contact us at [email protected] with questions. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.

Jewher Ilham
headshot of Achiro Patricia Olwoch
Achiro P. Olwoch
headshot of Amy Goodman
Amy Goodman
Sanaa Seif