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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...

Mar,21 2014

Soren Stockman reads three poems, "Lustral," "Afternoon in Wyoming," and "Doctor," which appeared in the PEN Poetry Series in March 2014.

Jan,28 2014

Leading writers, Amy Davidson and Jonathan Capehar, debate the prospect of clemency for NSA leaker, Edward Snowden. Co-hosted by PEN American Center and the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School.

Jan,17 2014

On January 14, writers and supporters gathered in New York City to pay tribute to the poet and artist Liu Xia, who has been under extralegal house arrest since her husband, fellow poet, literary critic, and activist Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel peac Prize in october 2010. Rare footage of Liu Xia reader her own poetry under house arrest, filmed in December 2013, was screened for the first time, and Chinese American writers performed a reading of Liu Xia's poetry, translated for the first time into English by Ming Di and Jennifer Stern.

Dec,20 2013

Ayşe Berktay, recipient of the 2013 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, is a translator, scholar, author, and cultural and women's rights activist who is on trial in Turkey on spurious terror charges stemming from the peaceful expression of her views. She is one of more than 1,800 people, including many writers and academics, who have been swept up in mass arrests of supporters of Kurdish rights in Turkey. After spending more than two years in detention, Berktay was released pending trial on December 20, 2013. Her trial is ongoing.

Nov,19 2013

Author Danielle Evans reads from her short story collection, "Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self."

Nov,19 2013

Authors Michael Cunningham and Jenna Levin in conversation about their writing careers and the inspiration behind their work, as well as readings from The Hours and A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines.

Nov,19 2013

PEN America Editor Antonio Aiello talks to Roxana Robinson about her novel, Cost.

Nov,19 2013

As part of PEN Talks, a weekly reading and conversation series, Susan Rosenberg reads from and discusses her novel An American Radical: A Political Prisoner in My Own Country.

Nov,13 2013

Is the same surveillance that is meant to protect us from danger also harming us? Are the NSA programs Edward Snowden has revealed inhibiting the way we think, speak, create, and interact? And what about the parallel universe of private sector spying and data mining

Nov,13 2013

Is the same surveillance that is meant to protect us from danger also harming us? Are the NSA programs Edward Snowden has revealed inhibiting the way we think, speak, create, and interact? And what about the parallel universe of private sector spying and data mining

Nov,13 2013

Is the same surveillance that is meant to protect us from danger also harming us? Are the NSA programs Edward Snowden has revealed inhibiting the way we think, speak, create, and interact? And what about the parallel universe of private sector spying and data mining

Nov,13 2013

Is the same surveillance that is meant to protect us from danger also harming us? Are the NSA programs Edward Snowden has revealed inhibiting the way we think, speak, create, and interact? And what about the parallel universe of private sector spying and data mining

Nov,13 2013

Is the same surveillance that is meant to protect us from danger also harming us? Are the NSA programs Edward Snowden has revealed inhibiting the way we think, speak, create, and interact? And what about the parallel universe of private sector spying and data mining

Sep,30 2013

On Monday, September 30, PEN partnered with the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression for readings in celebration of PEN's Banned Book Month. Reading the poets whose work have been banned throughout history are: Alex Dimitrov, Deborah Landau, Claire Donato, Ashley August, Aimee Herman, Timothy Donnelly, Ana Bozicevic, and Philip Fried.

Oct,17 2013

Adrian Matejka reads "Hubert's Museum & Flea Circus," "Battle Royale," "Sporting Life," "Rememory," and "Verdi's Il Travatore" from The Big Smoke, a 2013 National Book Award finalist for poetry. The Big Smoke is Matejka's third collection of poetry, chronicling boxer Jack Johnson's fight against poverty and Jim Crow to become the boxing heavyweight world champion.

 

Aug,29 2013

PEN Member Saïd Sayrafiezadeh reads from his new collection of short stories, Brief Encounters with the Enemy, followed by a Q&A with fellow PEN Member Sam Lipsyte.

Aug,08 2013

The 2012 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony was held at CUNYGraduate Center's Proshansky Auditorium on the occasion of the 90th Anniversary of PEN American Center. PEN presented 18 awards, fellowships, grants, and prizes—including two awards offered for the first time ever.

Aug,01 2013

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.

Jul,08 2013

Allyson Paty visited the PEN America offices last week and recorded her poem "Millenial." Read the poem in its entirety here.

Jun,28 2013

On Monday, June 10, PEN partnered with the Franklin Park Reading Series for an evening of readings and conversation with PEN Members old and new: Edwidge Danticat, Matt Bell, Amy Brill, and Matthew Aaron Goodman

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