This week, 2011 Emerging Voices Alum Jamie Schaffner reminisces about struggling to find her place in the fellowship. Jamie explains how she found her literary footing with the help of authors Janet Fitch, Bernard Cooper, Dinah Lenney, and vocal coach Dave Thomas.
Grant Hutchins, PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Programs Coordinator, Ali al-Hattab,
representative of Mr. Ajami, and Adam Somers, PEN Center USA Executive Director
The author of Go Tell It On the Mountain, The Fire Next Time, Sonny’s Blues, and many other prolific works is interviewed in this California Newsreel documentary. James Baldwin talks openly about his strict upbringing by his father and how the library helped him connect to the world.
Part of PEN Center USA’s mission is to defend and promote freedom of expression. Last month, PEN Center USA presented Forbidden Fruit, A Banned Literature Showcase. The event featured readings from books that have been banned or challenged in the United States. (You can view images from that event here.)