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  • Young Iranian Poet Seeks Refuge

    Iranian poet and novelist Payam Feili tells PEN he was forced into exile in Turkey last after being held in a shipping container at an unknown location for 44 days.

  • Call to Action: Ailing Poet Beaten in Prison

    According to the poet's son, Aron Atabek has suffered regular beatings on the head and neck during his incarceration in Kazakhstan.

  • Xianning

    BY Sally Wen Mao
    No torsos, no chests, no bellies, just eyes that gazed at her, craved her, carved her into something unnatural, something ugly and immortal. Mailin chased this version of herself in the mirrors....

  • IRAN: Journalist Marzieh Rasouli Faces Flogging

    Rasouli was summoned to Evin Prison on July 8, 2014 after being convicted of "spreading propaganda against the system" and "disturbing public order" and sentenced to two years in prison and 50...

  • Vita

    BY Karl Krolow
    Mercilessly I’m spared: / others drink the red wine in the cellar. / More and more weightless / my body: the clothes on the pole / are an image of me I agree with. / I’m living too long. That’s...

June 22
5:00 pm


Join PEN American Center and Haiti Cultural Exchange for an evening with PEN Haiti and poetry during this summer's Selabrasyon festival celebrating Haitian art and culture.
June 17
7:00 pm
Please join PEN in celebrating our distinguished judges for the 2014 PEN Literary Awards with drinks, treats, short readings, and general mingling with many of the authors who have been longlisted this year's awards.
June 10
8:00 pm
Join PEN staff and new and longtime PEN Members for the June edition of The Big Umbrella Nonfiction Reading Series, featuring readings from three acclaimed writers: Jessica Gross, Phillip Lopate, and Jen Percy.
May 05
6:30 pm
The PEN Gala is a unique social event where distinguished American and international writers host more than 500 guests who support PEN’s work securing the liberty of imprisoned writers of conscience worldwide, defending freedom of expression wherever it is threatened, and promoting literature and international cultural exchange.
May 04
6:00 pm-7:00 pm


Named for playwright Arthur Miller, an ardent advocate for a writer’s right to freedom of expression, the annual Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture is a hallmark of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature.
May 04
2:30 pm-4:00 pm
In Chicago, Osama Alomar is a cab driver. In his home town of Damascus, he is an accomplished poet. He talks with esteemed author and friend, Lydia Davis, and Iceland's formidable Sjón about craft and the power of language.