PEN World Voices 2017 Connect Writers, Artists, Thinkers

Authors from around the globe examine bigotry, misogyny and xenophobia at Americas biggest literary festival, May 1-7 in NYC

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: March 7, 2017

PEN World Voices 2017 Connect Writers, Artists, Thinkers

PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature will focus its lens on today's fractious relationship between gender and power. Taking place in New York City, May 1-7, 2017, the Festival will address how gender both enables and impairs full participation in politics and society. At a moment of unprecedented threats to freedom and truth, and of emboldened mobilization and resistance, the Festival will connect leading global writers, artists and thinkers with concerned citizens to examine bigotry, misogyny and xenophobia, and to bolster the movement to counter them.

Writers and artists include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Laurie Anderson, Giannina Braschi, Rita Mae Brown, Carrie Brownstein, Teju Cole, Ani DiFranco, Jennifer Egan, Athena Farrokhzad, Vivian Gornick, Aleksandar Hemon, Dorit Rabinyan, Colum McCann, Nancy Morejon, Eileen Myles, Viet Thanh Nguygen, Trevor Noah, Marge Piercy, Salman Rushdie, Patti Smith, Andrew Solomon, Jeff VanderMeer, and Binyavanga Wainaina.

In response to the resurgence of nationalism and neo-isolationism, PEN World Voices - the only American international literary festival - will create a crucial platform for writers from around the globe to debate how to confront the barriers and virulent backlash that jeopardize the rights of women, LGBTQ and other populations at risk.

"PEN America launched the World Voices Festival after 9/11 at a moment when the U.S. was becoming cut off from the rest of the globe," said Suzanne Nossel, executive director of PEN America. "Amid visa bans and an America First foreign policy, World Voices is now an important antidote to an America at risk of only talking to itself, fanning baseless fears, and damaging relations with allies and people around the world. This year's Festival will center on both celebration and mobilization, rallying around PEN America's mission to defend free expression and enable the breadth of voices vital to an open marketplace of ideas."

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