7 East 7th Street
New York City, New York 10003

With Edward Albee, Paul Auster, Sandra Cisneros, Don DeLillo, Dave Eggers, Martin Espada, Philip Gourevitch, Jessica Hagedorn, Heidi Julavits, Nicole Krauss, Rick Moody, Walter Mosley, Grace Paley, Emma Reverter, Salman Rushdie, and Colson Whitehead.

PEN American Center presents its second State of Emergency event, a special evening of readings in opposition to current United States policies on the treatment of detainees in this country and abroad. A stellar group of writers will come together to read and bring national attention to abusive government policies including torture, arbitrary detention, and extraordinary rendition.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is by general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted for the PEN Writers Fund to help writers, translators, editors, and agents affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.



This event will be streaming live with a pre-show starting at 6pm (EST) and the event when it begins, more information at www.nysoundposse.com.

The last one filled Cooper Union, and people were turned away, so we thought streaming it live online would be a great thing to do. In addition, by the end of the following day, we should have it up as an mp3 and podcast.

WBAI New York (99.5FM) is also scheduled to air it, starting at 7pm. The streamed (and podcasted) version should also include author interviews.