Novelist Alan Lightman, playwright David Rabe and Cambodian-American hip-hop musician praCh Ly will headline an upcoming multi-day festival celebrating the literature and culture of Cambodia at Brown University, March 14 – 17.
“Khmer Voices Rising: An International Freedom-to-Write Literary Festival,” presented by Brown’s International Writers Project and Literary Arts Program, will include readings by Cambodian, Vietnamese and American writers; panels on freedom of expression featuring writers, scholars, and free expression advocates from around the world (including representatives of International PEN and PEN America); and film showings, music, and plays. For a full schedule of events and to learn more about the festival participants, please click here.
The events of “Khmer Voices Rising: An International Freedom-to-Write Literary Festival” explore the cultural and artistic heritage of Tararith Kho, who last spring was named Brown’s seventh International Writing Fellow. A Cambodian poet, publisher, and educator Kho has been instrumental in the founding of PEN-Cambodia. As Co-Founder of the Nou Hach Literature Project and of an affiliated journal that published fiction, essays, and poetry sometimes critical of the Cambodian government, Kho was subjected to threatening anonymous phone calls and emailed death threats which forced him to resign from the Project in January, 2010. With the aid of Brown’s International Writers Project Fellowship, which each year provides a stipend and working space to writers who have been subjected to political harassment, imprisonment, or threats in their homelands, Kho and his family were enabled to leave Cambodia and relocate to Providence in summer, 2010. He will be in residence at Brown for the 2010-11 academic year.
The festival is sponsored by the International Writers Project with support from Literary Arts, the Watson Institute for International Studies, the Creative Arts Council and the Vice President of International Affairs.
“Khmer Voices Rising” is sponsored by the International Writers Project with support from Brown’s Creative Arts Council, the Watson Institute for International Studies, the Literary Arts Program, and the Office of International Affairs.