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PEN World Voices Festival 2013

Assembling academics, writers, philosophers, and great thinkers the world over, the 9th Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature (April 29 – May 5, 2013, various venues) is like an intellectual version of the Avengers, just substitute fighting aliens with contemplating the human condition. An open letter written by the festival organizers states that PEN World Voices brings “remarkable writers, journalists, philosophers from all over the world to our City, where we discuss and debate some of the most sensitive issues of our lives today.”

Speakers at the festival include:

  • Judith Butler
  • Eduardo Galeano
  • Joy Harjo
  • Aleksandar Hemon
  • Jamaica Kincaid
  • Ursula Krechel
  • Fran Lebowitz
  • Claudio Magris
  • Pierre Michon
  • Téa Obreht
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Sapphire
  • Charles Simic
  • Naomi Wolf

The opening night (April 29) lecture on bravery in arts, politics, and society and is hosted by comedian Baratunde Thurston, formerly ofThe Onion and author of the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black.

PEN World has several lecture series on various topics, including obsession and the role it plays in the creative process (Naomi Wolf on Truth) and workshops for aspiring artists and writers (What the Wu-Tang Clan Tells Us About Political Publishing with Bhaskar Sunkara).

One of the more unusual events is The Quiet Volume, a performance conducted by Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells, which is described as “A self-generated and ‘automatic’ performance, Autoteatro, for two at a time experienced in the reading room of a library, audience members sit side-by-side taking cues from words both written and whispered – via an iPod and headphones – and find themselves burrowing an unlikely path through a pile of books.”

As one of the most major literary events in New York, PEN World Voices offers a wide array of speakers and views, making it an engaging literary event on a global scale.

To learn more, go to:

PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
April 29 – May 5, 2013

Various Venues

New Yorker Festival: Art, Literature & Humorous Captions

new yorkerAssembling a unique amalgamation of minds from the worlds of entertainment, literature, the arts, and culture, The New Yorker Festival (October 5 – 7, 2012) addresses the forefront of art and culture.

Spread throughout Manhattan (locations include The Frick Collection (1 East 70th St.), the South Street Seaport Museum (12 Fulton St.), and the Gramercy Theater (127 East 23rd St.), among others), the NYF is split into several categories with various speakers.

Read more: New Yorker Festival: Art,...

Author Events at Moving Image: Dan Callahan on Barbara Stanwyck and Geoff Dyer on Andrei Tartakovsky

Con artists, femme fatales, Russians and Western gunslingers – mixing together better than peanut butter and jelly. Right? Well, find out for yourself!  In the coming weeks, two of the season’s most significant film books will be celebrated by Museum of the Moving Image with two author events featuring film screenings, discussions, and book signings.

On Sunday, February 19, film scholar Dan Callahan, author of Barbara Stanwyck: The Miracle Woman, will explore the life and art of the great Hollywood star with a double-feature screening of two of Stanwyck’s most acclaimed movies. In The Lady Eve, Stanwyck is a con-artist who seduces a naïve snake collector on a ship. According to Callahan, this is “Stanwyck’s funniest, most confident, and most unabashedly romantic performance.”  Forty Guns, director Samuel Fuller’s cracked Arizona gunslinger epic, pits a new pacifist marshal (Barry Sullivan) and his brothers against the oppressive rancher Jessica Drummond (Stanwyck) and her posse of 40 hired guns for control of the county. Naturally, the marshall and Jessica fall head over heels in love, much to the chagrin and confusion of the good and bad guys. Easily one of the wildest and most grandly weird westerns in cinema history. Screenings will be followed by discussions and book signings by Callahan.

On Sunday, March 11, celebrated novelist and New York Times columnist Geoff Dyerwill participate in a conversation about his obsession with the Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, a subject at the core of his discursive and fascinating new book Zona. This dialogue with Dyer, moderated by the Museum’s Chief Curator David Schwartz, will be followed by a book signing and a screening of The Mirror, Tarkovsky’s stream-of-consciousness autobiographical film set in World War II-ravaged Russia, cited as the inspiration for Terrence Malick’s Academy Award-nominated film, The Tree of Life. A book signing will follow the screening.

All screenings and discussions are free with Museum admission. Book signings will take place in the Museum store.

For more information, visit or call 718 777 6888.
Barbara Stanwyck Double Feature with introductions by Dan Callahan 
February 19, 2012

Geoff Dyer on Tarkovsky, Cinema, and Life, with screening of The Mirror
March 11, 2012

Museum of the Moving Image
36 35th Ave
Astoria, NY

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Tomoko Kawamoto
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718 777 6830

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, 10:30 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
Holiday hours: Museum open on Monday, February 20, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Film Screenings: Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays, and as scheduled.
Museum Admission: $12.00 for adults; $9.00 for persons over 65 and for students with ID; $6.00 for children ages 3-18. Children under 3 and Museum members are admitted free. Admission to the galleries is free on Fridays, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tickets for special screenings and events may be purchased in advance by phone at 718 777 6800 or online.


Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2012: A Call for Justice

Poets and poetry have played a central role in movements for social change since the art form’s conception thousands of years ago. In this age of mass consumption and manipulated mass media, poetry now more than ever acts as a means to give a voice to the voiceless, name the unnamable, and speaks directly to the individual and collective consciousness.

Continuing this long and vaunted tradition of social justice through the art form, the Split This Rock Poetry Festival will take place from March 22 – 25 in Washington DC. The festival will primarily take place at the Split This Rock Office with additional at the Thurgood Marshall Center. 

Readings, workshops and panels featuring some of the nation’s most prominent contemporary poets will help to bring your craft to a new level as well as create common cause and celebrate poetry in the public sphere. The festival acts as a celebration of the many ways in which poets and poetry act as agents for social change by reaching across differences, asserting the ever-important right to free speech, and bearing witness to the ways in which expressing the diversity and complexities of life through language can help us to imagine a better world.

Panelists and workshop leaders include well-known poets such as Homero Aridjis, Sherwin Bitsui, Kathy Engel, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Douglas Kearney, Khaled Mattawa, Rachel McKibbens, Marilyn Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jose Padua, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Kim Roberts, Sonia Sanchez, Venus Thrash, and Alice Walker. The festival also features a special panel honoring the life and legacy of celebrated poet-essayist-activist June Jordan.

This festival that is an event that is sure to impress and open one’s mind to the beauty and importance of poetry as a valuable tool for self-expression and social change.

For more information, visit

Split This Rock Poetry Festival
March 22-25, 2012

Split This Rock Office
1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036  

Thurgood Marshall Center
1816 12th Street 
Washington, DC 20009 

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