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  • PEN World Voices Festival Tenth Anniversary Highlights

    Founded in 2005 under the direction of Salman Rushdie, the PEN World Voices Festival has hosted more than 1,400 writers from 78 countries, speaking 56 languages.

  • Philip Roth: 2013 Literary Service Award Remarks

    Some of whom I met and spoke with were selling cigarettes at a streetcorner kiosk, others were welding a wrench at the public water works, others spent their days on bicycles delivering buns to...

  • Sonia Sotomayor: The Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture

    Justice Sotomayor delivers PEN's annual Freedom to Write Lecture from the same Great Hall where Lincoln gave his historic anti-slavery speech.

  • Bravery in Poetry

    PEN World Voices Festival teams up with The Poetry Society of America to present this thoughtful, elegantly staged evening of readings and dialogue on the importance of moral courage and bravery...

  • Obsession: Andrew Solomon on Sleep

    Author and essayist Andrew Solomon has written on a widely divergent range of topics, including Soviet artists, Libyan governance, childrearing, and the politics of the deaf. For this event, his...

Jul,11 2014

Time isn’t kind to objects like an “Employee of the Month” award or an “In honor of your service” plaque, which are objects meaningful to only one specific person in one specific place or time.

Jul,07 2014

"One Letter is Enough," "Longing to Escape," "A Small Rat in Prison," and "Daybreak" are new poems from Liu Xiaobo, who received the 2009 PEN/ Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. They appear in PEN America 11: Make Believe. Translated by Jeffrey Yang, recipient of the 2009 PEN/Osterweil Award for Poetry.

Jul,03 2014

A poet’s work involves passion, fearlessness, and a flash of inspiration. Paul Auster presents on his late friend, the American poet George Oppen at the PEN World Voices Festival.

Jun,30 2014

Sonia Sanchez, Paul Auster, and Elizabeth Nunez offer introductory remarks to the 2005 PEN event Telling the (Whole) Story: Celebrating Writers of Color.

Jun,30 2014

This excerpt is part of the Twentieth-Century Masters Tribute to James Baldwin, sponsored by PEN American Center and Lincoln Center, with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and The New Yorker. Excerpts from the event appear in PEN America 2: Home & Away.

Jun,30 2014

This excerpt is part of the Twentieth-Century Masters Tribute to James Baldwin, sponsored by PEN American Center and Lincoln Center, with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and The New Yorker. Excerpts from the event appear in PEN America 2: Home & Away.

Jun,30 2014

What does it mean to write with the Web? How does our constant access to information and ideas affect the landscape of imagination? What are the ramifications on the craft?

Jun,30 2014

More than once William had stepped out of the house to collect his newspaper or to water the lawn, and seen at least one other man doing the exact same thing.

Jun,30 2014

Award-winning poet Tracy K. Smith led a conversation on the role of the image in contemporary poetry, examining how poems use sensory details to distort and enlarge our conventional understanding of feeling and experience, teaching us to see and to understand the world differently.

Jun,30 2014

Don DeLillo reads an excerpt from his novel Mao II at the 2011 PEN event Viva the Belarus Free Theater.

Jun,30 2014

Patti Smith and Jonathan Lethem kick back and talk about Just Kids and some of their shared passions, including the visual arts, literature (of course) and their love for the Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño.

Jun,27 2014

Earl Lovelace reads from his novel Is Just a Movie at the Opening Night Reading of PEN's 2013 World Voices Festival.

Sep,30 2013

Deborah Landau reads sections of Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" and "Respondez" at the Paradise Banned: Poetry Readings from Banned Books event, co-hosted by PEN American on September 30, 2013.

Jun,06 2014

The image of the Russian dissident has changed. After campaigning for the release of the incarcerated members of Pussy Riot for eighteen months, PEN invites Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina to the stage of the 2014 World Voices Festival to speak about living in Putin's Russia and to share their activist message.

May,22 2014

Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt, Suketu Mehta, Tea Obreht, Gay Talese, and Bill Maher pay special tribute to Salman Rushdie, recipient of the 2014 PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award.

May,16 2014

Ilham Tohti, Uyghur economist and writer, is the recipient of the 2014 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, given each year to a currently imprisoned writer who has displayed courage in the face of threats to free expression.

May,15 2014

On May 5, at PEN's 2014 Literary Gala, Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, received the inaugural PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Digital Freedom Award for bringing new forms of expression to hundreds of millions worldwide.

May,15 2014

On May, 5 2014, Salman Rushdie received the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award in celebration of the 10th anniversary of his founding of the PEN World Voices Festival; introduction by Toni Morrison.

May,15 2014

Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, introduced by Suzanne Nossel, at the 2014 PEN American Center Literary Gala on May 5. Interpretation by Nadya's husband, Peter Verzilov.

May,15 2014

Ilham Tohti, Uyghur economist and writer, recieved the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award which is awarded to a currently imprisoned writer each year at the Gala. His daughter Jewher Ilham, a student at Indiana University, accepted the award on her father’s behalf at the PEN 2014 Literary Gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on May 5.

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