New York University will host selected PEN World Voices events in April as part of its fourth-annual Literary Mews Festival—a showcase that will feature readings, performances, and music within NYU’s Washington Mews and other locations.

NYU’s Literary Mews Festival to Feature Selected PEN World Voices Events in April
New York University will host selected PEN World Voices events in April as part of its fourth-annual Literary Mews Festival—a showcase that will feature readings, performances, and music within NYU’s Washington Mews and other locations.

New York University will host selected PEN World Voices events in April as part of its fourth-annual Literary Mews Festival—a showcase that will feature readings, performances, and music within NYU’s Washington Mews and other locations.

RSVPs are required as indicated. Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact Maria Litvan at ml153@nyu.edu or 212.998.8126. 

Tuesday, April 26, 6 p.m.: Exiles
Featuring Evelyn Barish, George Prochnik, Michael Scammell, Richard Wolin; moderated by Anne Heller
What do the last century’s most gifted refugees—Hannah Arendt, Stefan Zweig, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Arthur Koestler, Herbert Marcuse, and Walter Benjamin—have to teach us about the trials and frequent triumphs of those fleeing political terror? Their biographers weigh in.
Co-presented with New York University’s New York Institute for the Humanities, Biography Seminar, and the Center for the Study of Transformative Lives
RSVP required here.
Location: NYU The Center for Ballet and the Arts, 20 Cooper Square, 2nd Floor

Wednesday, April 27, 6 p.m.: Ex-Pats: Life and Letters in a New World
Featuring Kwame Anthony Appiah, Marlon James, Jamaica Kincaid, Valeria Luiselli, Colum McCann; Moderated by Eric Banks
What does it mean for writers to be uprooted from their birthland and change their language? How do they adapt to life in America? Negotiating between two cultures creates a tension that, for the most nimble, can have a galvanizing effect, as leading expat authors explore in this panel. Co-presented with the New York Institute for the Humanities, the Biography Seminar at NYU, the Center for the Study of Transformative Lives, and Instituto Cervantes.
$15/$12 PEN Members and students with valid ID; Purchase tickets at worldvoices.pen.org
Location: Instituto Cervantes, 211 East 49th Street

Wednesday, April 27, 8 p.m.: In Conversation: Salman Rushdie and Barbara Goldsmith
Born in India and living in the United States, Salman Rushdie blends two cultures into a single language without borders. The PEN World Voices Festival founder is interviewed by acclaimed author Barbara Goldsmith.
Co-presented with the New York Institute for the Humanities, the Biography Seminar at NYU and the Center for the Study of Transformative Lives.
$15/$12 PEN Members and students with valid ID; Purchase tickets at worldvoices.pen.org
Location: NYU Law School Tishman Auditorium, 40 Washington Square South

Thursday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.: Exhibition opening—La Frontera: Artists Along the U.S.-Mexican Border
As part of the annual Literary Mews Festival, NYU’s Deutsches Haus will present La Frontera, an exhibition of photographs by photographer Stefan Falke. Falke visited and photographed 180 artists, painters, photographers, musicians, writers, and architects along the U.S.-Mexican border to document the abundant cultural activities in a region that is usually overlooked, or portrayed by the international media as a site of violent crime.
Location: Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews (at University Place)

Friday, April 29, 12–4 p.m.: Performances on the Mews
Featuring interdisciplinary artists from the Americas, featuring: Edgar J. Ulloa (BRICK & MORTAR: FLESH & BONE), ERRO Grupo (A NY BODY), Hector Canonge (POLARITIES), Isaque Ribeiro (IMMIGRANT), Jarana Beat (in concert), and Polina Porras (TORTILLA FACTORY).
Presented by NYU’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
Location: Washington Mew
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Friday, April 29, 2-4 p.m.: Poetry Master Class with Willie Perdomo: Diasporic Fragments, Repeating Islands: Finding Shorty Bon Bon
Willie Perdomo is the author of The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (Penguin Poets), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Milton Kessler Poetry Award, winner of the International Latino Book Award, and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominee.
Location: NYU Creative Writing Program, 58 West 10th Stree
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Friday, April 29, 4-6 p.m.: The Language of War
Featuring poet Solmaz Sharif (Look) and Jennif(f)er Tamayo (YOU DA ONE)
Moderated by Jennifer Hayashida
Location: Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, 8 Washington Mew
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RSVP required: www.apa.nyu.edu/events

Friday, April 29, 4-6 p.m.: A Conversation with Andreï Makine
Andreï Makine is a Russian-born French author recently elected to the Académie Française. His notable works include Dreams of My Russian Summers, which won both the Prix Goncourt and Prix Médicis, and his most recent novel, Brief Loves That Live Forever. In 2011, Makine confirmed suspicions that he had published four books over the course of a decade under the pseudonym "Gabriel Osmonde."
Co-sponsored with PEN and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Location: La Maison Française of NYU, 16 Washington Mew
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Friday, April 29, 5 p.m.: Poetry Reading and Conversation with Cristina Rivera Garza and Irene Gruss
Creative Writing in Spanish Program
Location: KJCC Poetry Series, 53 Washington Square Sout
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Friday, April 29, 5 p.m.: CantoMundo Poetry Reading
David Campos, Willie Perdomo, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, hosted by Deborah Paredez. Co-sponsored with CantoMundo.
Location: NYU Creative Writing Program, 58 West 10th Stree
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Friday, April 29, 5 p.m.: Voyage of No Return, Finding Identity Between Albania, Italy, and America
Ron Kubati emigrated to Italy from Albania in 1991 and began writing in the language of his host country, exploring themes of nostalgia, identity, and belonging. In dialogue with Rebecca Falkoff, Kubati will discuss his work and will reflect more broadly on Italian literature of migration and on the cultural politics of the genre.
Location: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU, 24 West 12th Stree
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Friday, April 29, 5:30 p.m.
Writers Glenn Patterson of Northern Ireland and Juan Villoro of Mexico talk about the complexity of working in a geographic area known for violence.
Location: Glucksman Ireland House NYU, 1 Washington Mew
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RSVP required: ireland.house@nyu.edu

Friday, April 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
A Reading and Conversation with Deutsches Haus's writer-in residence, Monique Schwitter and Professor Johannes Türk on being far away and yet so close, and the immunity of literature.
Location: Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mew
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RSVP Required: deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu

Friday, April 29, 6-6:45 p.m.: Characters in Search of a Country
Theatre performance based on Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello, presented by Kairos Italy Theater (Casa Italiana Theater Company in Residence.) With Aileen Lanni, Mario Merone, Lorenzo Possanza, Maria DeCotis. Directed by Laura Caparrotti. Assistant Director: Carlotta Brentan.
Location: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU, 24 West 12th Stree
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Friday, April 29, 7-9 p.m.: Closing panel and party
Location: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU, 24 West 12th Stre
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Saturday, April 30, 7-9 p.m.: Washington Square Review Launch Reading
Amy Hempel and Tommy Pico
A reading by contributors to the NYU Creative Writing Program’s nationally distributed literary journal.
Location: NYU Creative Writing Program, 58 West 10th Stree
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The Literary Mews is presented with the support of: NYU’s Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities and Diversity; the Humanities Initiative at New York University; Arts & Sciences Dean for the Humanities Graduate School of Arts & Science Office of the Dean; and NYU’s Department of English.