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PEN Literary Awards to the 2016 election: 'We need fewer walls and more book awards'

April 12, 2016 - Uncategorized



Poet Laureate of Brooklyn Tina Chang has a message for politicians: “We need fewer walls and more book awards.”

In a stirring speech delivered at the 2016 PEN Literary Awards ceremony, Chang decried the current political climate’s position on diversity.

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“We need less punishment for what women choose to do with their bodies and recognition for what they accomplish with their intellect and will. We need not take back America and instead give abundantly and fairly to the communities that have built this country,” she said.

While Chang didn’t name any specific presidential candidates in her speech, she did clarify to Mashable after the ceremony, “We all knew who I was talking about.” Read more…

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Source: Mashable

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