In Norway after two or three hours walking you come to the mountains. That is the best part of it, walking in the mountains with a lot of people in Gortex, and I come walking in my suit and always a white shirt and I walk really quick and I carry some whiskey and I smoke cigarettes. In Norway this is really radical.
As part of this year’s World Voices Festival, PEN teamed up with documentary poet, global labor activist, and 2010 Guggenheim Fellow Mark Nowak for a series of weekend poetry workshops with members of the Domestic Workers Union. The workshops will culminate during the festival in the group’s first public event on May 5 at the New School, which will feature a 10-minute documentary clip about the DWU workshops, readings by a number of the domestic workers participating in the sessions, and a public conversation with the audience.
In the lead up to this year’s World Voices Festival, PEN is teaming up withProcessional Arts Workshop (PAW) for a series of drop-in workshops to create giant puppets and other visual elements for mobile performances along NYC’s High Line. Workshop volunteers will help artists Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles translate the sensual anatomy of bindings, folios, paper, and print into bibliomorphic puppets and performing objects for the April 30 sunset Parade of Illuminations that will officially open the Festival. Evenings, May 3-5, roving performances of Ex Libris will inhabit The High Line, leaving behind PEN-authored texts in the hands of a few lucky passers-by.
Dialogue Series: Margaret Atwood on the Writers’ Mind and the Digital Otherworld
What does it mean to write with the Web? How does our constant access to information and ideas affect the landscape of imagination? What are the ramifications on the craft? In “What to Do With Literature,” the first installment of our Dialogue Series, Margaret Atwood will delve into these questions and many more, offering her unique perspective as an online activist, prolific voice on Twitter, and early champion of the Internet. She will be joined in conversation with long-time editor and friend, Amy Grace Loyd. Tickets: $15/$10 PEN Members and students with valid ID. Call (866) 811-4111 or visit ovationtix.com Buy tickets to all three Dialogue Series events for $30/$25 PEN Members.
When: Wednesday, May 2 Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., New York City. Due to construction, enter from 81st Street and Fifth Avenue. What time: 7 p.m.