New York — The National Writers Union invites you to take part in the 2nd annual International Writers Conference, WRITING ACROSS BORDERS, Sunday, May 18, 2014, to be held at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge St., Manhattan on the lower east side.
Filipino writers Gina Apostol and Ninotchka Rosca will be among the 12 panelists who will discuss crucial issues on immigration and human rights in the whole day affair.
Both award winning Filipino writers based in New York will be in the main panel as well in the workshop for “Writing as Activism”. Apostol is author of the book The Gun Dealer’s Daughter which received the 2013 PEN Open Book Award. Rosca has received citations and awards for her novels State of War and Twice Blessed.
Cuba-born Mirta Ojito will also speak during the event. A newspaper reporter and assistant professor at the Columbia
University Graduate School of Journalism, Ojito is the author of Finding Mañana, a memoir of the Mariel boatlift. She emigrated to Miami in 1980 when she was 16 years old.
Colin Channer a Jamaican writer, often referred to as “Bob Marley with a pen,” will also speak during the conference. He presents spiritual, sensual, social themes from a literary Jamaican perspective.
(Eight other award-winning writers will be featured in separate releases)
During the conference, writers from around the world living in the greater New York area will discuss writing about migration, identity and justice for immigrants.
NWU is inviting young undocumented authors who write about their immigration experiences.
We are bringing together comics to talk about how a joke’s meaning changes when told across ethnic or religious boundaries. And we are celebrating the creativity, passion, and courage of writers who cross borders in their quest for justice and a fruitful life.
Authors will have opportunities to sign and sell their books following their panel discussions. The day will end with a cocktail party and celebration of writers who forge their identities across borders and in new cultures.
(To register online, visit http://www.nwuny.org/Writing-Across-Borders.html)