From left: Poet and professor Cathy Park Hong, PEN Freedom to Write Fellow Deji Olukotun, and Executive Vice President of South African PEN Margie Orford
Today, I spoke with Cathy Park Hong and Margie Orford at the Cape Town Book Festival about the work of PEN American Center, PEN International, and South African PEN. After our lively discussion—which ranged from linguistic diversity to digital media—Cathy read a translated work from a South Korean poet. It turns out that Cathy, the author of the new collection Engine Empire (Norton), is a translator and used to be a journalist.
A great event, with more to follow.