Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Mark Nowak Presents Workshop at PEN World Voices Festival

Nowak-MarkDirector of the Master of Arts in Writing Program Mark Nowak will be presenting at the Pen World Voices of Literature Festival Saturday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at The School of Writing at The New School. He will host the workshop "Writings from the Domestic Workers United."

Domestic Workers United is an organization of Caribbean, Latina, and African nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in New York, organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards, and to help build a movement to end exploitation and oppression for all.

"It very uniquely and specifically ties to the mission of Manhattanville. It's very much a project that brings together all the aspects of the mission into one," Nowak said. "It is an opportunity to hear stories from domestic workers themselves telling about their working lives, their lives here in America, women who have immigrated from all different countries. I think it is going to be a wide range of stories of workers who people living in New York City really don't have a chance to hear."

Mark Nowak, a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, is the author of Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009) and Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004). He frequently speaks about global working class policies and issues, most recently on Al Jazeera, BBC World News America, BBC Radio 3, and Pacifica Radio's "Against the Grain." A native of Buffalo, New York, Nowak blogs regularly at Coal Mountain and the Poetry Foundation's Harriet blog.

PEN American Center is the U.S. branch of the world's oldest international literary and human rights organization. International PEN was founded in 1921 in direct response to the ethnic and national divisions that contributed to the First World War. PEN American Center was founded in 1922 and is the largest of the 144 PEN centers in 101 countries that together compose International PEN.