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PEN World Voices Festival Dispatch: Palestinian Writers in Conversation

The decades-long Arab-Israeli conflict has yielded many harrowing developments, but none, arguably, more absurd than the un-improvable bit of legal coinage that deemed a portion of Israel’s Palestinian residents as present absentees. The term applies to tens of thousands of Palestinians who resided inside what, in 1948, became the newly founded land of Israel, who had fled their homes or were expelled after the war broke out in May of that year, and who...

PEN World Voices Festival Dispatch: \“Bones will Crow\”

To celebrate the publication of Bones Will Crow, an anthology of Burmese poetry, poets Zeyar Lynn, Khin Aung Aye and James Byrne joined Philip Howze for a conversation and reading at The Public Theater on May 5. Mr. Lynn and Mr. Aung Aye began by reading from their work in Burmese and English (Mr. Byrne read Mr. Aung Aye’s English versions). They then launched a discussion about the genesis of Bones Will Crow. “I couldn’t accept the idea that the world would want to...

PEN World Voices Festival Dispatch: The Translation Slam

The Translation Slam has become a popular tradition in the PEN World Voices Festival, and this year’s event saw a full house at The Public Theater on Friday evening. For years it was held at the Bowery Poetry Club, which lamentably closed this past week. Host Michael F. Moore was clearly dismayed by this loss and by the quiet, bare, black room that served as its substitute. Nonetheless, the event remains remarkable for its dedication to both poetry and translation, especially when...

PEN World Voices Festival Dispatch: Haiti in Two Acts

When an earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, among the 300,000 killed were Georges Anglade, the president of PEN Haiti, and his wife Mireille Neptune. Today novelist Jean-Euphèle Milcé and poet and novelist Emmélie Prophète, his wife, serve as president and vice president. The newly opened Maison Georges Anglade in Thomassin provides a center for cultural exchange, with the goal of offering a retreat for visiting writers. Both Milcé and...

PEN World Voices Festival: Master Class with Eduardo Galeano

"I learned the art of writing and the art of storytelling in the cafés of Montevideo," said the great and loved Eduardo Galeano during his hour-long conversation with Jessica Hagedorn Saturday night. It was as though all 500 of us at the filled-to-capacity auditorium at the New School were transported to those cafés, listening to the master tell his tales. Much of the evening Galeano spoke about and read from his new book, Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History,...

PEN World Voices Festival Dispatch: A Literary Safari

My safari began in apartment 101A. Czech writer Michal Ajvaz sat beneath a Matisse print in a corner of the living room. It was almost 7:00 p.m. and the only seat I could find was on the floor, eye level with tulips that adorned the table between Mr. Ajvaz and his audience, my fellow adventurers. We had all embarked on A Literary Safari at Westbeth, the artists’ housing complex in the West Village, to hear twenty writers from all over the world read their work from the apartments of...

PEN World Voices Festival Dispatch: Speaking in Tongues

At the Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU, Speaking in Tongues: A Poetry Reading opened with an introduction from Creative Writing in Spanish Director Mariela Dreyfus, who spoke about the historic thread connecting the readers: “Poets in Spanish-speaking countries, but none of which write in Spanish.” This is the reading’s second year, something that shouldn’t be overlooked considering how recently such collaborations were simply impossible. As Dreyfus said,...

Mia Couto in Conversation with Anderson Tepper

what: Mia Couto the bestselling author of Sleepwalking Land and The Tuner of Silences, joins Vanity Fair‘s Anderson Tepper in conversation. Drinks and light refreshments will be served. when: Saturday, May 4, 7-9pm where: The Powerhouse Arena [DUMBO] RSVP: [email protected] more information: http://ow.ly/kFQpM

PEN World Voices Festival Dispatch: \“Speaking in Languages on the Edge\”

The Speaking in Languages on the Edge event, held on May 1, featured Gillian Clarke, Joy Harjo, Natalio Hernandez, and Bob Holman. There are approximately 6,000 languages in the world, and more than half of them are endangered. This was one of the facts that introduced the PEN World Voices event Speaking in Languages on the Edge on Wednesday at Joe’s Pub. The event began with a clip from host Bob Holman’s forthcoming PBS series, Language Matters, which focuses on one of...

PEN World Voices Festival Dispatch: \“The Critic’s Global Voice\”

The Critic's Global Voice event, featuring Jean-Euphèle Milcé, Ursula Krechel, and Mikhail Shishkin (moderated by Albert Mobilio), took place on Wednesday, May 1. Reports of the death of American literary culture have been, well, at least a little exaggerated.  There’s no other way to explain the steady stream of lively essays bemoaning the health of book reviews, book critics, and literature itself. “Like hazing, reviewing is inflicted by...

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