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PEN Haiti to Host International Free the Word! Festival, April 20th-22nd
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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)

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PEN is honored to have two-time National Poetry Slam Champion Roger Bonair-Agard join us for the Free the Word! Festival (April 20-22) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti!
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Bonair-Agard immigrated to the United States in 1987 and has since appeared three times on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and worked extensively with youth around the country through poetry organizations such as Urban Word (NYC) and Volume (Ann Arbor). He is the co-founder and artistic director of the LouderARTS Project in New York, and his latest book of poems, GULLY, was published in 2010.
(Photograph by Jill Steinberg)

PEN is honored to have two-time National Poetry Slam Champion Roger Bonair-Agard join us for the Free the Word! Festival (April 20-22) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti!

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Bonair-Agard immigrated to the United States in 1987 and has since appeared three times on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and worked extensively with youth around the country through poetry organizations such as Urban Word (NYC) and Volume (Ann Arbor). He is the co-founder and artistic director of the LouderARTS Project in New York, and his latest book of poems, GULLY, was published in 2010.

(Photograph by Jill Steinberg)

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PEN Haiti’s announcement of the Liberez la parole! (Free the Word!) festival. The festival will take place in Port-au-Prince and Gonaives on Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21.

PEN International and PEN American Center are sponsors of the event, along with several local groups. For more information, visit PEN International’s announcement or check in to PENlive! for updates.

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PEN American Center - April 13, 2012: PEN Haiti to Host Its First International Free the Word! Festival