As rage surrounding America’s southern boundary intensifies, fresh visions emerge from writers whose unique experiences span both sides of the border. Jennifer Clement’s novel Prayers for the Stolen exposes the horror of women kidnapped and trafficked by drug cartels south of the border, while her Gun Love dives into the culture of violence in firearm trafficking in the US. And Willivaldo Delgadillo’s novels and essays explore the current of violence flowing through the El Paso-Juarez border region of his youth. Join these celebrated authors as they discuss the cross cultural influences on their life and work and the contentious issues – human trafficking, drug smuggling, and the forced separation of families – that mark the geographical, political, and literary territory of the US southern border.
Since 2012, the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature and NYU’s International Houses, including Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, Deutsches Haus at NYU, Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture, La Maison Française, and the NYU Creative Writing Program, have collaborated in creating a festival within the festival: “The Literary Mews.” This annual event presents free literary events in and around the cobblestone streets of NYU’s storied Washington Mews. A must attend for any lover of literature.