Shaun Randol

I found myself on a windy and rainy evening at the Westbeth Center for the Arts, a massive warren of beautiful apartments crammed full of writers, dancers, visual artists, actors, poets, and other artistic folks. For what the PEN World Voices Festival deemed a Literary Safari, several of these creative-types opened their apartments and hosted visiting writers in mini-salons, where the scribes read for fifteen minutes and answered questions for another fifteen, and then whoosh!

Vicente Garcia Groyon

Kei Miller’s second novel, The Last Warner Woman (published in 2010 but released in the United States earlier this year) seems to strike up a dialogue with his first novel

Sahar Sarshar

Documentary Video (51:35): In April 2011, eight writers from around the world visited the United States for a tour unlike any other. Rather than taking in the usual historic sites, this international coterie glimpsed some of the ugliest moments in American history, from the Civil War to the aftermaths of Hurricane Katrina. Sahar Sarshar traveled with the group and captured the reactions of the writers. Here she shares her resulting documentary: Writing in Motion: A Nation Divided.

Ed Hancox

It’s fair to say that Americans have become accustomed to the steady stream of brutal reports and violent imagery coming out of Mexico as that country fights an ongoing battle against an entrenched network of drug cartels; it’s also why the drug-fueled violence that wracked Jamaica this past week took many by surprise. So far 73 people have died as Jamaican authorities conduct a quasi-military operation in the Tivoli Gardens section of Kingston, homebase of Jamaica’s top drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke.