New York Festival of International Literature
*Selected Events at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at CUNY Graduate Center

The Segal Center PEN World Voices panels are presented in collaboration with NoPassport, founded by Caridad Svich.

Join us for three days of PEN World Voices Playwrights Festival at the Segal Center. As New York's first international writers' festival, PEN World Voices is an answer to American cultural insularity and an attempt to enrich and sustain a global dialogue. Each spring the Festival brings writers from all over the world to New York City to introduce American audiences to the finest international literature. Caro Llewellyn, Festival Director. www.pen.org

The theme for the 2008 PEN World Voices Festival, Public Lives / Private Lives, will be illuminated from April 28 – May 4 across New York City. For the first time, this year, the Festival will spread beyond Manhattan, with programs in Albany and Rochester.

PEN American Center is the largest branch of the world's oldest international human rights and literary organization. International PEN was founded in 1921 as an association of writers working to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship, and the 141 PEN centers in 99 countries that together compose International PEN continue that mission today. Michael Roberts, Executive Director. www.pen.org

Panels at MESTC are presented also additional support from Theatre Without Borders, Immigrants Theatre Project, and Translation ThinkTank.


Martin E Segal Theatre, 6:00-8:00 pm
Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenya and Biljana Srbljanovic,Serbia
Excerpt readings from their work will be followed by a panel disscussion with Marcy Arlin and others.

THURSDAY MAY 1st, 2008

Martin E. Segal Theatre: 3:00-4:30 pm
Panel – Personal Narrative and Public Consciousness
With Horatio Castallanos Moya, El Salvador and Carmen Boullosa, Mexico

Martin E. Segal Theatre: 5:00-6:30 pm
Michel Tremblay, Quebec event with panel led by Travis Preston

Martin E. Segal Theatre: 7:00-9:00 pm
Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Iceland and Àngels Aymar, Spain, Catalonia
xcerpt readings from their work will be followed by a disscussion.

SATURDAY MAY 3rd, 2008

Martin E. Segal Theatre: 2:30-3:50 pm
NoPassport Panel: Writing and Political Responsibility in Theatre
Moderated by Caridad Svich
With Migdalia Cruz, Chiori Miyagawa, J.T. Rogers and Fiona Templeton

Martin E. Segal Theatre: 4:30-6:00 pm
Ximena Escalante, Mexico
Excerpt readings from Escalante’s work will be followed by dialogue with Ximena Escalante and Migdalia Cruz on Re-shaping the Classics.
Moderated by Caridad Svich.

Martin E. Segal Theatre: 6:30-8:00 pm
Alvis Hermanis, Latvia
An excerpt reading from Hermanis’s work will be followed by a dialogue between Alvis Hermanis, Moises Kaufman and Christopher Shinn on cultural responsibility and the role of the writer.