Find inspiration, meet fellow writers and artists, and learn new writing techniques at workshops. Hosted by the Bronx Council of the Arts' Bronx Writers Center and international authors as part of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.
1:30pm to 3:30pm - Bronx Writers Center Workshop with Nancy Morejón
4:00pm to 6:00pm – Bronx Writers Center Workshop with Morgan Parker
6:00 to 8:30pm - Evening with Nancy Morejón and Wild Noise
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Nancy Morejón is the most internationally successful and widely translated Cuban woman poet of the post-revolutionary period. Morejon was born and raised in a district of old Havana to working-class parents, Angélica Hernández Domínguez and Felipe Morejón Noyola. Her father is of African heritage and her mother of Chinese, European and African extraction. She graduated with honours at the University of Havana, having studied Caribbean and French Literature, and she is fluent in French and English.
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Morgan Parker’s latest book is There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé (Tin House Books 2017). Her work has been published in The Paris Review, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, Buzzfeed, and elsewhere. Parker is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellowship. A Brooklyn resident, Parker will discuss her creative process as a multidisciplinary writer.
Nancy Morejón fearlessly takes on ethnicity, gender, history, politics, Afro-Cuban identity, and the collision of cultures in the “New World” with her poetry. This reading and meet-the-poet talk with one of the first Cuban women to celebrate blackness in poetry will be set against the backdrop of the Bronx Museum’s Wild Noise/Ruido Salvaje exhibition, a survey of Cuban artists both on the island and abroad grappling with issues of identity, community, and the urban experience.