Puget Sound English Department

March 27, 2009

Pen American Center

Filed under: Activities off Campus — upsenglish @ 10:26 pm

2009_pwv_homepage1Since we’ve just announced Hans Ostrom’s nomination to the Pen American Center, it seems appropriate to mention a BIG event coming up that will be hosted by the parent organization.  April 27-May 3, Pen World Voices will host a weeklong international literature festival in New York City (I know, I know.  All the cool stuff happens in NY).  Well, there is no reason we can’t visit the website and dream, is there?

Perusing the website will not only allow us to give a “virtual” shout-out to our old favorites in this category, but also to learn the names of some folks we have yet to discover.  Writers will include Edwidge Danticat, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Jaime Manrique, Biel Mesquida, Roxana Robinson, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Marlon James, Richard Ford, Neil Gaiman, Laila Lalami, etc.  And although Zadie Smith is not on the list of expected writers, her husband Nick Laird is, so I’m expecting that the young British sensation will be lurking in the hallways somewhere.

Click here to learn more about the festival:  http://www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/1096

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