Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Morning Reading: Public Lives/Private Lives

From their website: In advance of this year’s World Voices festival-- the theme of which is Public Lives/Private Lives-- PEN’s wonderful web editors are curating a mixed media project.

Part I: Private Lives

PEN Members send us photographs documenting the intimate details and privates spaces in their lives.

Part II: Public Lives posts the photographs and invites visitors to write short narratives, poems, vignettes, or characters sketches based on the images.

Part III: Results

Written submissions are instantaneously posted at A selection of submissions will be featured on the PEN homepage.

Update: There's also an online confessional ("In 20 words or less, tell us a secret"), which has already prompted confessions about love, incest, and the corruption of Nigerian leaders; and some poems by Tina Chang and Forrest Gander.

Yes, you have to be a member of PEN to contribute (annual dues are $100 and come with benefits). But look at the good work they do - you may just want to join.

Click here for more details and to be inspired.

1 comment:

Robbi said...

I assigned a paper once that asked students to tell me a secret they had never told anyone else. Some of them were odd, some trivial, and some... well, let's just say I understand why they never told anyone before!

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