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In 2009, PEN American Center partnered with FIAC during the PEN World Voices Festival. The event featured saxophonist Buyu Ambroise, vocalist Martina Bruno, Michèle Voltaire Marcelin, and Etienne Télémaque as Master of Ceremonies. Here is the copy from the event:

No literary series on Haiti would be complete without a celebration of Haiti’s vivid oral culture. Participants will engage in a session of Krik? Krak!—a Haitian storytellers’ ritual of warming up their audiences by asking “Krik?” and taking the collective response “Krak!” as their cue to begin to tell stories and jokes. Join these renowned writers for this very special happening where stories yet to be defined will take shape.

Michèle Voltaire Marcelin & Martina Bruno (by PEN American Center)

In 2009, PEN American Center partnered with FIAC during the PEN World Voices Festival. The event featured saxophonist Buyu Ambroise, vocalist Martina BrunoMichèle Voltaire Marcelin, and Etienne Télémaque as Master of Ceremonies. Here is the copy from the event:

No literary series on Haiti would be complete without a celebration of Haiti’s vivid oral culture. Participants will engage in a session of Krik? Krak!—a Haitian storytellers’ ritual of warming up their audiences by asking “Krik?” and taking the collective response “Krak!” as their cue to begin to tell stories and jokes. Join these renowned writers for this very special happening where stories yet to be defined will take shape.

Michèle Voltaire Marcelin & Martina Bruno (by PEN American Center)

As the audience gathered in the Martin E. Segal Theater at CUNY Grad Center for the third and final session in a day of exploration of Revolutionary Plays Since 2000, you could spot several revolutionaries dressed in red, or with painted faces, and at least one T-shirt with Obama depicted in the style of Che Guevara. Panel moderator Mike Daisey noted the cognitive dissonance of a gathering to discuss revolutionary theater happening on May Day, when various constellations of Occupy Wall Street groups had taken over parts of the city in some actual political theater.

But the assembled writers, translators, and theater-makers were game to create such a discussion, and they came at it from radically different perspectives. Michael Friedman and Kelly McCreary, from the investigative theater group known as The Civilians, performed songs from their cabaret-style show Let Me Ascertain You: Occupy Wall Street, in which all the ums and ahs of interviews with Occupies are showcased to dramatic effect.

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As this correspondent had to be out of town, she asked MacKay Wolff, a contributor to her book “Another Day in Paradise; International Humanitarian Workers Tell Their Stories,” if he could get over to CUNY for most of this event. A UN worker, Arabist, and former speechwriter to Kofi Annan, Mr. Wolff also writes fiction and essays. He filed this report:


Only four years separate the birthdates of playwrights Lasha Bugadze and Laila Soliman, yet the revolutions that both lived through in their native countries –he in Georgia, she in Egypt– occurred more than a decade apart. The time that’s passed since those changes of regime, time both actual and psychic, has led them to produce two markedly different “revolutionary plays.”  

Bugadze’s Iced Tea, in its first performance in any language, gathers a trio of past and present Georgian presidents to muse over politics and life. The men seem to be under a form of house arrest that feels as much like heaven as earth –they gaze down on their subjects as much as they do back towards them. The leaders are joined by their wives, who bring to the proceedings a dose of domesticity as potent, and as disaffected, as the political forces that shape them all.  The particular energy of this work is in the friction between these two worlds: one of (authoritarian) state power; the other of lust, alcohol and marital bitterness.

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Rushdie Brings PEN Festival to Close - NYTimes.com
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Herta Müller and Claire Messud in Conversation

May 4, 2012 | 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center | New York City

In her first New York appearance in over a decade, after a reading from her forthcoming novel The Hunger AngelHerta Müller is interviewed by another literary titan, Claire Messud. This event took place as part of the 2012 PEN World Voices Festival.

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PEN World Voices to Be Broadcast from PENLive! on Tumblr
Next week, the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature will be broadcast from PEN’s dedicated Tumblr account, PENlive!. Our crack team of festival correspondents hail from France, Ireland, Brazil, and the People’s Republic of Brooklyn and will be posting videos, photos, and longform pieces from our events.
According to PEN Website Editor Antonio Aiello:

We chose Tumblr again for our blogging platform for PEN World Voices because it allows our festival correspondents to easily broadcast live, in real time, from more than 40 events with 100 authors from 25 countries. And Tumblr loves writers. Can’t argue with that.

The festival runs from April 29-May 5 and offers events ranging from translation to poetry to endangered languages and human rights.
Go to worldvoices.pen.org to learn more. And don’t forget to follow our main Tumblr account penamerican.tumblr.com.
photo of Adeeba Talukdar © PEN American Center / Susan Horgan

PEN World Voices to Be Broadcast from PENLive! on Tumblr

Next week, the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature will be broadcast from PEN’s dedicated Tumblr account, PENlive!. Our crack team of festival correspondents hail from France, Ireland, Brazil, and the People’s Republic of Brooklyn and will be posting videos, photos, and longform pieces from our events.

According to PEN Website Editor Antonio Aiello:

We chose Tumblr again for our blogging platform for PEN World Voices because it allows our festival correspondents to easily broadcast live, in real time, from more than 40 events with 100 authors from 25 countries. And Tumblr loves writers. Can’t argue with that.

The festival runs from April 29-May 5 and offers events ranging from translation to poetry to endangered languages and human rights.

Go to worldvoices.pen.org to learn more. And don’t forget to follow our main Tumblr account penamerican.tumblr.com.

photo of Adeeba Talukdar © PEN American Center / Susan Horgan