November 25, 2022

April 21 Outdoor Poetry Reading Party Celebrates Cuban Artist Raul Cordero’s “THE POEM” Art Installation in New York City

Featuring Poets Jaime Manrique, Eloisa Amezcua, Melissa Lozada-Oliva and Maya Pope Large Scale Sculptural Tour, Father Duffy Square, W. 47th and 7th Ave., NYC

(NEW YORK) — The Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m.PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), PEN International and Times Square Arts will host a poetic evening in the open air to celebrate the Cuban artist Raul Corderothe public art installation of, THE POEMand the poetic community of New York.

THE POEM is a large-scale sculptural tower covered with a cascade of mountain laurels housing an illuminated poem inside. THE POEM is both inspired and dedicated to fellow Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas, who was forced into exile by the Cuban government.

The evening will include short readings by poets Jaime Manrique, Eloise Amezcua, Melissa Lozada-Olivaand Maya Popeand a solidarity vigil with artists targeted by the Cuban government as part of the ongoing crackdown on creative expression.

WHAT: Outdoor poetry reading & vigil in solidarity with Cuban artists

WHERE: Father Duffy Square, 7th Ave & W 47th Street, New York, NY

WHEN: Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m. EST

THE POEM is commissioned by Times Square Arts with the generous support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and in part thanks to the support of Morgan Stanley, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs public funds in partnership with the City Council.

Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, collaborates with contemporary artists and cultural institutions to experience and interact with one of the world’s most iconic urban places. Through the Alliance’s electronic billboards, plazas, vacant areas, popular places, and online landscape, Times Square Arts invites leading contemporary creators, such as Mel Chin, Tracey Emin, Jeffrey Gibson, Ryan McGinley, Yoko Ono and Kehinde Wiley. , to help the public see Times Square in a new way. Times Square has always been a place of risk, innovation and creativity, and the arts program ensures that these qualities remain central to the neighborhood’s unique identity.

The Artists at Risk (ARC) Connection, a project of PEN America, protects the right to freedom of artistic expression around the world and works to ensure that artists of all disciplines can live and work without fear. With a global network of 800 organizations providing essential resources to artists and cultural practitioners at risk, ARC plays the vital role of liaison between artists at risk and the organizations that support them. Since its inception, ARC has helped over 500 artists from over 63 countries receive direct support, including grants and residencies, emergency funds, legal assistance and advocacy, among other forms of assistance. . If you or someone you know is an artist at risk, contact the CRA and read the Safety guide for artistsavailable in Spanish, English and French, to understand, navigate and prepare for risk.

PEN International celebrates literature and promotes freedom of expression. Founded in 1921, PEN is a global community of writers that now spans over 100 countries. PEN’s campaigns, events, publications and programs aim to connect writers and readers wherever they are in the world, and to defend and provide essential support to those who are persecuted for their writing. PEN International is a non-political organization and holds special consultative status with the United Nations. One hundred years after its founding, PEN is today recognized as the world’s largest writers’ association, as well as a leading international charity and expert on freedom of expression.


Suzanne Trimel

Consultant, Communications + Media, PEN America

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Ali Rigo

Senior Account Manager, Cultural Advisor

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Lauren Gagnon

Account Coordinator, Cultural Council

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