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  • Announcing the 2014 PEN Literary Award Winners

    PEN is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Literary Awards. Each year, the PEN Awards celebrate some of the most outstanding voices in literature, spanning a wide array of genres and...

  • Mass Surveillance is Censorship

    Edward Albee, Don DeLillo, John Green, Rachel Kushner, and twenty-five other leading American writers joined PEN American Center today in an open letter to the Senate leadership demanding...

  • The PEN Ten with Amanda Vaill

    I'm still surprised to answer "I'm a writer" when people ask me what I do. I wrote as a child—pages of what we would probably call fan-fiction today, extensions or imitations of things I'd read...

  • Myanmar: Five Journalists Sentenced to 10 Years; 50 Others Face Charges

    PEN is calling for five journalists in Myanmar to be released immediately, and for any charges against the another fifty related to peaceful protest to be dropped.

  • Raccoon, pronghorn, mule deer, ring-necked pheasant, fox

    BY Chelsea Biondolillo
    I’m sorry for driving past and driving past and driving past all winter and into spring, and for watching, with interest—even, I’m ashamed to say, a kind of gross curiosity—as you became less and...

September 29
6:30 pm
PEN will announce the winners of the 2014 Awards on Wednesday, July 30 all o
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.