PEN's New World Voices Director

Been a few months since the energetic and charming Caro Llewellyn announced her departure from PEN, where she was the director of the World Voices Festival. Well, at long last, PEN has named a replacement:

PEN American Center, the largest branch of the world’s oldest literary and human rights organization, named László Jakab Orsós Director of the World Voices Festival and Public Programs. Orsós comes to PEN from the Hungarian Cultural Center, where, as its Director, he launched Extremely Hungary, a series of public events celebrating Hungarian culture. Orsós is also an accomplished journalist and screenwriter.

I’ve heard a bit about what Orsos wants to do with the festival, and it sounds very exciting and promising. And we all know the best PEN WV parties were the Hungarian ones . . . Not that publishing people are concerned with cool DJs, fun dance parties, beautiful people, and free Hungarian wine. Not. At. All.

But seriously, this is great for PEN and the festival. Can’t wait to see what changes he makes.

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