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"PEN has been so fierce, so consistent, and so ferocious in its efforts, it's difficult to ignore their worldwide fame and their impact."

Toni Morrison, PEN Member


Join PEN and get directly involved with an international community of writers, editors, translators, and readers who are working to defend free expression, support persecuted writers, and promote literary culture. Your Membership dues* are tax-deductible.

Click here for a list of current Professional Members. To search active Member Profiles, visit the Membership Directory. If you are a member and have not yet created a Member Profile and would like to do so, please email us at info [at] pen [dot] org to ask for our help in setting up your account. 

To submit an application to become a Professional Member, please go here

PEN Member benefits include:

• discounts to our public programs, including the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
• select invitations to exclusive Member-only receptions
• complimentary access to the online database Grants and Awards Available to American Writers, the most comprehensive directory of its kind
• a member profile on, where you can join an online community of writers, editors, and readers (Professional Membership only)
• a subscription to PEN America, our award-winning journal 


*One-fifth of your annual dues directly support PEN International, which coordinates the work of PEN centers in more than 100 countries monitoring the status of imprisoned writers. Please lend your strength to our efforts by joining today.