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Over the next weeks, PEN Members will be logging on to PENLive! to provide real-time coverage of events at this year’s PEN World Voices Festival. This site will be home to a variety of work: articles, commentary, photos, video, audio—all the ways to experience another dimension of the festival. 

We are delighted to welcome this year’s World Voices Festival Correspondents!

Judith Benét Richardson
Yaffa Fredrick
Antonio Romani
Humera Afridi
Carol Bergman
Amanda Dugan
Brook Wilensky-Lanford
Philip Turner
Betsy Mead
Anelise Chen
Jane Ciabattari
Shelley Rice
Malaika Adero
Matthew Aaron Goodman
Ronald K Fried
Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Anelise Chen
Anelise Chen is a writer and teacher. Born in Taiwan and raised in Temple City, California, she currently lives in Manhattan’s Chinatown. She studied at UC Berkeley and earned her MFA in Fiction at NYU. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including the New Haven Review, The Rumpus, and Gigantic. She is currently at work on a novel. She is the 2012 Open City Fellow at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

Anelise Chen

Anelise Chen is a writer and teacher. Born in Taiwan and raised in Temple City, California, she currently lives in Manhattan’s Chinatown. She studied at UC Berkeley and earned her MFA in Fiction at NYU. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including the New Haven Review, The Rumpus, and Gigantic. She is currently at work on a novel. She is the 2012 Open City Fellow at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

Philip Turner/bio
I am a longtime bookseller, editor, publisher, and author representative. I also curate a blog called The Great Gray Bridge where I write about city life, books, music, culture, media, and current events. I blogged last year for PEN World Voices and am excited to be doing so again this year, on this new tumblr platform. I have just updated my PEN profile and literary journalism links at my member page on the PEN site. I operate my editorial and author services business under the name Philip Turner Book Productions. 

Philip Turner/bio

I am a longtime bookseller, editor, publisher, and author representative. I also curate a blog called The Great Gray Bridge where I write about city life, books, music, culture, media, and current events. I blogged last year for PEN World Voices and am excited to be doing so again this year, on this new tumblr platform. I have just updated my PEN profile and literary journalism links at my member page on the PEN site. I operate my editorial and author services business under the name Philip Turner Book Productions

Yaffa Fredrick adores caffeine, cities, and commuting to work on the 6 train. She views her commute time as the perfect opportunity to indulge in literature, particularly of the Pulitzer-prize winning variety. In between missing her train stop, because she is more focused on her latest hardcover than her subway surroundings, she holds two jobs: a paralegal position at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and a production assistant post at MTV Networks. Her job juggling is best captured at Living on a Latte and a Prayer.

Humera Afridi is a New York-based writer of Pakistani origin.  She left Pakistan at age 12 and spent her teenage years in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. She earned a BA at Mount Holyoke College, an MA at Carnegie Mellon University and was the recipient of a New York Times Fellowship at New York University, where she earned an MFA in creative writing.  In 2011, Humera was a Fiction Fellow at The Writers Institute, The CUNY Graduate Center. Her work has appeared in Granta (online), in The New York Times and the anthologies And the World Changed (Feminist Press, 2008), 110 Stories. New York Writes After September 11 (NYU Press, 2002) and Leaving Home (Oxford University Press, 2001). She is currently an Open City Fellow at the Asian American Writers Workshop, writing about the alluring dissonances that exist in lively Jackson Heights.  She lives with her Darth Vader-infatuated five year old son in Manhattan.