I enjoy controlled loneliness. I like wandering around the city alone. I’m not afraid of coming back to an empty flat and lying down in an empty bed. I’m afraid of having no one to miss, of having no one to love.
An Iranian woman in 1960, before the Islamic Revolution
Being an artist means forever healing your own wounds and at the same time endlessly exposing them.
That time you confused a lesson for a soulmate.
Be melting snow.
Wash yourself of yourself.
School library post earthquake.
This week, I was so fortunate join forces with the amazing PEN America, one of the most amazing literary organizations in the country who work very hard to, in their words, “ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to make it possible for everyone to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others.” They have an unbelievable event coming up, the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, from April 28th through May 4th in New York City. They wanted my help spreading their word, and it’s a word I believe is so absolutely vital to be spread.
Right now, there are authors and writers being persecuted for their works. These wordsmiths, these authors, need help from people like me, from people like you, to guarantee their safety, their release in many cases, and their freedom to express their beliefs in whatever way they see fit. The persecution of artists must come to an end, and on the opening night of the World Voices Festival, this exact topic is going to be discussed. The theme: On The Edge. Some of this planet’s most prominent writers and thinkers will be on hand to share their views on the issue.
Please, follow the link, or head to worldvoices.pen.org or follow them on Instagram @Pen_America to get more information.
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