Ethiopian journalist and political dissident Eskinder Nega.
Political relations between China and the United States may have been visibly strained due to Chinese activist and lawyer Chen Guangcheng’s unexpected bid for asylum last week but diplomacy and fellowship between authors from across the globe proved the exact opposite throughout PEN American Center’s World Voices Festival from April 30 to May 6.
Currently celebrating the 90th anniversary of PEN American Center, headquartered in New York City, members of the organization hosted some 100 writers from more than two dozen countries during the festival. The event concluded Sunday with former PEN president Salman Rushdie’s presentation of the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture.
Several locations in the city served as festival venues, including the The Standard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the High Line, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. Those unable to physically attend the festival were treated to ongoing realtime posts via PEN Live on Tumblr.
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