Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Writers from Mark Nowak’s Workshops Participate in PEN World Voices Festival
Thursday, 01 May 2014 12:50

Mark NowakPoets from two writing workshops led by Mark Nowak, director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College, will be presenting their work at the PEN World Voices Festival in New York City.

The first of the workshops hosted by Nowak featured at PEN, stemmed from the idea that creative writing workshops needed to be brought to a community of workers, and to represent New York workers he worked with the taxi driver population. Participants from the Domestic Workers Union and Alliance for Taxi Drivers will be reading their poetry, at Nuyorican Poets Café on Thursday, May 1 at 6 p.m., alongside poets Saul Williams, Rosario Dawson, and Jive Poetic.

“These poetry workshops and events demonstrate the shared missions of PEN and the (Manhattanville) MFA program,” he said, “In bringing the voices of global social justice to the forefront.”

The second event features writers from the Worker Justice Center, in Kingston, New York where Nowak held another of his workers writing workshops. These immigrant authors, many of which are farm and construction workers, will be reading their creative writing pieces for the event, “Un Paso Adelante,” (One Step Forward) held at SubCulture on Saturday, May 3, at 1 p.m. This workshop focused on teaching the belief that literature is a freedom of expression for everyone. In addition to the PEN event, the farm workers will also be giving "pop-up" poetry readings at the Union Square Farmers Market on Saturday, at 11 and 11:30 a.m.

To purchase tickets for these events, and learn about others being held during PEN World Voices Festival, visit the Festival’s Calendar.