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  • Conviction Won’t Silence Khadija Ismayilova

    The conviction of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova today is the latest in an effort to paint a thin veneer of legal legitimacy on a determined campaign by the Azerbaijan government to...

  • 1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think

    BY Raif Badawi
    "When I look within, I only see that thin man who miraculously withstood fifty lashes, while a group of people celebrated his pain, repeatedly chanting Allahu Akbar. All for the articles you’re...

  • Ann Tenna

    BY Marisa Acocella Marchetto
    We feature an excerpt by Marissa Acocella Marchetto, a cartoonist for The New Yorker, from her upcoming graphic novel Ann Tenna, set in the bizarre world of New York-based gossip media.

  • 500+ writers to Mexican president: “End impunity in journalists’ murders”

    Homero Arijdis, Chimamanda Adichie, Sandra Cisneros, and Neil Gaiman are among signatories to an open letter to President Peña Nieto with a clear message: end impunity in the murder of...

  • Journalism, A Most Deadly Profession

    The cases of Ruben Espinosa, Gao Yu, and Sandeep Kothari demonstrate the worrying power of governments to crush freedom of expression. Methods of silencing journalists have moved beyond rigged...

October 26
7:00 pm
Join us for an evening of readings and a conversation on the importance of diversifying mainstream literary culture, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo. Readings by Pardlo, Willie Perdomo, Saeed Jones, and Cate Marvin.
September 28
6:00 pm


Ilsa Gilbert, the founder and chair of the PEN Women's Literary Workshop, announces the 24th Annual Reading and Reception.
September 23
6:30 pm-8:30 pm
PEN American Center is thrilled to co-host our September PEN Mingle with La Casa Azul Bookstore.
September 20
10:00 am-6:00 pm
Get ready, book lovers! PEN is excited to be a Programming Partner for the Tenth Annual Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 20. Over 40 PEN Members are participating in a variety of talks, readings, and special events throughout the day. We hope to see you there.
September 18
6:30 pm-8:30 pm
PEN is proud to announce the PEN Translation Committee's Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event.
September 18
6:30 pm
A reading featuring, Kevin Coval, Nate Marshall, José Olivarez, and Mahogany L. Browne, contributors to the poetry anthology The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.