The thirteenth edition of PEN World Voices, the only international literary festival in America, will focus on today’s restive relationship between gender and power and Brazil will have a bold representation during the week-long marathon of events (May 1st – May 7th).


The award winning Brazilian writer, poet and teacher, Noemi Jaffe, is on a book tour to promote her first romance novel published in English, “What Are the Blind Men Dreaming?”, a book on the legacy of the Holocaust on Jewish identity.

For events with Noemi Jaffe during the festival, click the Link:


The festival is also showcasing short plays from Brazil about gender identity written by Marcia Zanelatto, Jô Bilac, Daniela Pereira de Carvalho and Joaquim Vicente. Besides Brazil, there will be play readings by other unique voices from around the world. The International Play Festival aims to create a global dialogue on art, politics, dreams, war and philosophy and each reading is followed by a discussion with the artists. Free event – open to the public.

For “TranScenes: Four Short lays from Brazil” click the link:


There will be a special screening of the controversial film “Aquarius”,  directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho, about the struggles of an independent woman (Sônia Braga) against a real estate development that would evict her from home. The screening will be followed by a brief discussion about the protests that the film ignited in Brazil with Lucrecia Zappi, Elissa Schappell and D.W. Gibson. Moderated by Eric M. B. Becker, editor of Words without Borders and co-editor of Women Writing Brazil (Pen America).

For the screening of “Aquarius” click the link:



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