The Literary Mews 2016
PEN World Voices Festival at NYU


Friday, April 29, 2016

Global bazaar meets county fair at this fourth annual festival within the Festival. Discover a world of literature, performances, and music on NYU's beautiful Washington Mews, and its International Houses and Institutes. All events are free and open to the public.

Full schedule of events at:


Location: Washington Mews between Fifth Avenue and University Place, New York, NY 10003

Friday, April 29, 12–4pm

Performances on the Mews by interdisciplinary artists from the Americas


Édgar J. Ulloa

ERRO Grupo

Hector Canonge

Isaque Ribeiro

Jarana Beat (in concert)

Polina Porras

Édgar J. Ulloa is a transdisciplinary artist and post-transborder poet from Ciudad Juárez, México. He maintains a blog of aural, visual, virtual and performance poetry that serves as a border trauma and memory reflection of his native city when it was, according to the media, one of the most dangerous in the world. He feels compelled to speak out through poetic performance action. His performances negotiate imperialist border politics, cultural memory, trauma and violence in addition to instigating audience and public participation.

ERRO Grupo was founded in 2001 in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brasil. The group's artistic practice explores the construction of situations in public space, the union of artistic languages, and the dilution of art in everyday life. With its situational praxis, ERRO intervenes daily flows, urban landscapes, and media, seeking other ways to live and to insert ourselves into the city.

Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, media educator and cultural entrepreneur based in NYC. His work uses new media technologies, cinematic narratives, Live Action Art, and Social Practice to explore the constructions of identity, gender roles, psychogeography, and the politics of migration. His initiatives include: ITINERANT, an annual performance art festival; ARTerial Performance Lab (APLAB), which fosters collaboration among performance artists in the Americas; PERFORMEANDO, a program featuring Hispanic performance artists in the US and Europe; and PERFORMAXIS, an international residency program in collaboration with galleries and art spaces in Latin America.

Isaque Ribeiro is an actor, performer and performance student from Brazil. Since 2007 he has been researching and creating street performances, mostly using money as raw material for his pieces. He has a Master's Degree and is finishing his PhD Studies in Arts at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), with additional training at the New York University, sponsored by Capes. Since 2011, he has been Assistant Professor of Acting at the University Center Estácio de Sá.

Jarana Beat is an award-winning world music band that incorporates dance and activism. With Afro-Amerindian Mexican sounds, it offers a new interpretation that blends the origins of Mexican music with contemporary elements, and draws from other cultures in the New York scene that share the same roots. Teaching and performing in venues such as Berklee College of Music, The Bowery Ballroom, the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Symphony Space, and Dollywood's Festival of Nations, Jarana Beat weaves a truly colorful journey through the Afro-Amerindian culture of Mexico.

Polina Porras is an interdisciplinary Russian-Mexican artist whose visual art and performance work explores cultural norms, gender identity, faith, science, and nature. Using alternative narratives to create a poetic subversive, she explores Mexican iconography through pseudo-autobiographical works and the embodiment of different women characters. Polina has performed internationally, including El Museo del Barrio, the MACO in Oaxaca and the Mexican Embassy in Kuwait, and has received commissions from El Museo del Barrio, The Museum of the American Indian, and The Queens Council on the Arts.

The Literary Mews is presented with the support of:

  • NYU Arts & Science Office of the Dean for Humanities
  • Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities and Diversity
  • Department of English
  • NYU Center for the Humanities
  • Graduate School of Arts & Science Office of the Dean
  • The Institute of Performing Arts at Tisch
  • College of Arts & Science Office of the Dean

Tuesday, April 26, 6–7:30pm


Featuring Evelyn Barish, George Prochnik, Michael Scammell, Richard Wolin

Moderated by Anne Heller

Location: NYU The Center for Ballet and the Arts, 20 Cooper Square, 2nd Floor

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.

Free, RSVP required

Wednesday, April 27, 6–7:30pm


Featuring Kwame Anthony Appiah, Marlon James, Jamaica Kincaid, Valeria Luiselli, Colum McCann

Moderated by Eric Banks

Location: Instituto Cervantes, 211 East 49th Street

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.

$15/$12 PEN Members and students with valid ID

Wednesday, April 27, 8–9:30pm

In Conversation: Salman Rushdie and Barbara Goldsmith

Location: NYU Law School Tishman Auditorium, 40 Washington Square South

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.

$15/$12 PEN Members and students with valid ID

Thursday, April 28, 6:30pm

La Frontera: Artists Along the U.S.–Mexican Border

Exhibition Opening

Location: Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews (at University Place)

As part of the annual Literary Mews Festival, Deutsches Haus at NYU 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. The high-security steel fence erected by the United States government along most of the 2000-mile long border did its part to create a psychological and physical barrier. It was important to Falke to capture the cultural activities of the communities along the fence: "Artists are the pulse of a society, and I believe if we ignore the cultural side of troubled spaces we will soon stop caring altogether." Stefan Falke will be present at the exhibition opening.

Friday, April 29, 2–4pm

Poetry Master Class with Willie Perdomo

Diasporic Fragments, Repeating Islands: Finding Shorty Bon Bon

Location: NYU Creative Writing Program, 58 West 10th Street

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. He is also the author of Smoking Lovely (Rattapallax), winner of the PEN/Beyond Margins Awards and Where a Nickel Costs a Dime (Norton), a finalist for the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award. Perdomo is a Puschart nominee, two-time New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow and a former Woolrich Fellow in Creative Writing at Columbia University. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, Bomb Magazine, and African Voices. He is currently a member of the VONA/Voices faculty and an English Instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Friday, April 29, 4–6pm

A Conversation with Andreï Makine

Location: La Maison Française of NYU, 16 Washington Mews

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."

Friday, April 29, 4–6pm

Displacement. Borders. Home: Echoes of the Middle Eastern, North African, and Mexican experience

Location: Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Richard Ettinghausen Library, 255 Sullivan Street at the corner of Washington Square South

This event will feature a conversation and performance by renowned artists Mark Gonzales and Bocafloja. The event will be moderated by Laura Torres-Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University


Friday, April 29, 4–6pm

The Language of War

Featuring poets Solmaz Sharif and Jennif(f)er Tamayo

Moderated by Jennifer Hayashida

Location: Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, 8 Washington Mews

Friday, April 29, 5pm

KJCC Poetry Series: Poetry Reading and Conversation with Cristina Rivera Garza and Irene Gruss

Creative Writing in Spanish Program

Location: KJCC Poetry Series, 53 Washington Square South

Cristina Rivera Garza is the award-winning author of six novels, three collections of short stories, five collections of poetry and three non-fiction books. Originally written in Spanish, these works have been translated into multiple languages. The recipient of the Roger Caillois Award for Latin American Literature (Paris, 2013); as well as the Anna Seghers (Berlin, 2005), she is the only author who has won the International Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize twice, in 2001 and again in 2009.

Irene Gruss has published the poetry collections, La luz en la ventana (Ed. El escarabajo de oro, 1982); El mundo incompleto (Ed. Libros de Tierra Firme, 1987); La calma (Ed. Libros de Tierra Firme, 1991); La pared (Ed. Nudista, 2012); Humo. Antología personal (Ed. Ruinas Circulares, 2013); Humo. Antología personal (Editorial Eme-La Palma, Madrid, 2014); Entre la pena y la nada (Ediciones Del Dock, 2015) among many others.

Friday, April 29, 5–6:30pm

CantoMundo Poetry Reading

David Campos, Willie Perdomo, Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Hosted by Deborah Paredez

Location: NYU Creative Writing Program, 58 West 10th Street

David Campos is the author of "Furious Dusk" (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015). Willie Perdomo is most recently the author of "The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon," (Penguin, 2014) a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award. The debut collection of poems from Natalie Scenters-Zapico is "The Verging Cities" (CLP, 2015).

Friday, April 29, 5pm

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 Street

Friday, April 29, 5:30pm

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

Juan Villoro is a Mexican writer and journalist. For three decades, Villoro has produced a steady output of articles for Mexican periodicals, concentrating in such areas as sports, rock, cinema, literature and travel. His first novel, El dispargo de argon, was published in 1991. In 2004, he won the Herralde Prize for his book El testigo.

Belfast-native Glenn Patterson is a playwright, filmmaker, and author. He was a writer in residence at the University of East Anglia and University College Cork, and has written eight novels and two works of non-fiction. The screenplay for the 2013 UK film Good Vibrations, which Patterson co-wrote with Colin Carberry, was nominated for the Outstanding Debut BAFTA. For Spring 2016, he is Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Vilanova University.

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Friday, April 29, 5:30–6:30pm

Far Away, and Yet So Close
A Conversation between Beate Rothmaier and Professor Johannes Türk

Location: Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews

Beate Rothmaier was born in Ellwangen, Germany, and now lives and works as a writer in Zurich, Switzerland. After studying and taking a Master's degree in German and French Literature at the Universities of Munich and Tubingen, she worked for publishing houses, theatres and as a copywriter at an advertising agency. Her critically acclaimed debut novel Caspar (2005) was awarded the Friedrich-Holderlin-Förderpreis. In 2010 she published her second novel, Fischvogel (The Fishbird), for which she was awarded a year's grant from the Arts Council of Zurich, and in 2013 Atmen, bis die Flut kommt (Breathing Till The Tide Comes In), the moving story of a father who finds his way to love his child with special needs. In 2015 she spent a six month residency in London with the Landis & Gyr Cultural Foundation, and at present is translating her first novel into English.

Johannes Türk joined the German Department of Indiana University Bloomington in 2006. He studied at Freie Universität Berlin, Paris 8 (Paris-Vincennes), and Yale University. In his work, he embeds German topics into a comparative perspective rooted in the classical traditions of rhetoric, aesthetics and poetics as well as in the tradition of continental philosophy. He also works on topics related to the history of knowledge. His book on immunity and literature is concerned with the formation of immunological knowledge from Roman law to the biomedical sciences and its literary reflection. Although he incorporates other literary genres, his major interest lies in the history of the German and the European novel. His current projects comprise emotional memory, ethics and politics of empathy, figures of the political body and the rhetorical trope topography.

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Friday, April 29, 6:00pm

Characters in Search of a Country

Theater 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
Director: Laura Caparrotti
Assistant Director: Carlotta Brentan

Location: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU, 24 West 12th Street

Six Characters search for an author to allow them to tell their story. In Kairos Italy Theater's version, the characters are immigrants in search of a country where they can tell and live their stories. Using the words written by Pirandello, in Italian, English and other languages, KIT presents a piece that reflects upon the contemporary problems of migration.

In English, Italian and other languages.

Friday, April 29, 7:30–9pm

Closing Panel: What's Your Muse

Location: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU, 24 West 12th Street

In this panel, a group of distinguished international authors will read from their works, and talk about the inspiration for writing, the place of the expat writer, and for whom one writes in the first place. Featuring Christina Rivera Garza, Ron Kubati, Glenn Patterson, and Beate Rothmaier and moderated by Eric Banks.


Saturday, April 30, 7–9pm

Washington Square Review Launch Reading

Amy Hempel and Tommy Pico

Location: NYU Creative Writing Program, 58 West 10th Street

A reading by contributors to the NYU Creative Writing Program's nationally distributed literary journal.

Amy Hempel is a short-story writer and the recipient of many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a USA Foundation Fellowship, the Ambassador Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction. Her Collected Stories was named as one of The New York Times' Ten Best Books of the Year in 2006. She teaches creative writing at Bennington College and the University of Florida, and is a founding board member of the Deja Foundation, a nonprofit dog-rescue organization.

Tommy "Teebs" Pico is the author of absentMINDR (Verbalvisual, 2014)—the first chapbook app published for iOS mobile/tablet devices—was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, a 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has poems in BOMB, Guernica, and [PANK]. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn and with Morgan Parker co-curates the reading series Poets with Attitude (PWA).