Special event

America, Real and Imagined

April 22, 2018

Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
What does it mean to be American? How does where we live and where we grow up determine our vision of America? In this conversation as part of PEN World Voices, writers discuss the diverse landscape of identity in this country: how family and geography influence our notion of what it means to be American and our visions of and for the nation. Acclaimed poet and musician Joy Harjo and writers Francisco Cantú and Sarah Gerard convene for a unique forum on the America of our imagination, how it matches up with reality, and how our conception of certain regions of America is in dialogue with our understanding of the country as a whole.

PEN World Voices is America’s only international literary festival, attracting the best known writers from across the globe. Since its founding, more than 1,500 writers and artists from 118 countries and speaking 56 languages have participated in venues across New York City for this week-long series of literary events with a human rights focus. The festival was founded by Salman Rushdie, Esther Allen, and Michael Roberts in the aftermath of September 11 with the aim of broadening channels of dialogue between the US and the world—a mission that, today, has never been more relevant.

With Francisco Cantú, Sarah Gerard, and Joy Harjo
Moderated by Lesley Nneka Arimah
Co-presented by BAM and PEN America
Part of PEN World Voices Festival

Identifier 2018s.SE.00422
VenueFisher Building (Fishman Space, Hillman Studio)