PEN Update: Hannah Levine Scores

The PEN May 2, Event, The PEN Cabaret, featuring Laurie Anderson, Carrie Brownstein, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Patricia Clarckson, Steve Connell, David Conrad, Mark Z. Danielewski, James Franco, Peter Hirsch, Nick Laird, Walter Mosley, Parker Posey, Lou Reed, Sekou and Sean Wilsey, sold out weeks ago. But WORD writer Hannah Levine, who works for the Hunter Envoy as its Entertainment Editor and who blogs at  My Soul Is a Butterfly, had been for several weeks feverishly hoping as well as feverishly persisting to get access even though we guessed the odds were a 1,000 to one.

I got this email from her last night: “I am ecstatically happy.”

—- Original message —-
>Date: Sat, 2 May 2009 23:30:10 -0400
>From: Hannah
>Subject: I DID IT!
> After waiting on the press line for hours, I got
> into the PEN Cabaret (seated front and center next
> to the president of the festival and two ladies from
> The New Yorker). Expect an article on that (plus
> crappy photos taken on my cell phone), as well as
> the Neil Gaiman event earlier in the day…

> I am ecstatically happy.

> Hannah

Her two part series published here and here.

From PEN about The Cabaret: Join PEN World Voices for its much-celebrated, always-memorable annual cabaret: An evening of music, literature, writers, and performers unlike any other in the city. This year features rock legend Lou Reed and multimedia guru Laurie Anderson, along with an adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s New York piece in State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America with Parker Posey, James Franco, Peter Hirsch, Sean Wilsey and Carrie Brownstein. Plus readings by novelist Walter Mosley, Irish poet Nick Laird, author Horacio Castellanos Moya, and actor David Conrad, as well as wizard of literary pastiche Mark Z. Danielewski; and a performance by poetry heavy hitters Sekou (Tha Misfit) and Steve Connell.

When: Saturday, May 2, 2009: 7:30 p.m.
Where: FIAF, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street

Thanks PEN!

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