• PEN America to Honor Patti Smith, Hearst’s Frank Bennack at 2020 PEN America Literary Gala

    Ceremony to take place May 19 in New York City (New York, NY) – PEN America today announced Patti Smith as the recipient of the 2020 PEN/Audible Literary Service Award, to be conferred upon the iconic writer and performer at this year’s PEN America Literary Gala, on May 19. PEN America is recognizing Smith for […]

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  • RESOLUTION: THE DEMOCRACY OF THE IMAGINATION MANIFESTO

    RPRESENTED BY Presented by Jennifer Clement, PEN International President Per Wästberg, Emeritus PEN International President and Chair of the Nobel Prize for Literature Eric Lax, PEN International Vice President Nayantara Sahgal, PEN International Vice President Ngugi wa Thiong’o, PEN International Vice President Paul Muldoon, PEN America Board Member ARGUMENT Within the history of PEN is […]

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  • PEN AMERICA CAMPUS FREE SPEECH GUIDE

    Campus free speech guide Issues Free speech has become a flashpoint for controversy on campuses across the U.S. This go-to resource for faculty, staff, and students provides practical, principled guidance for how campuses can best remain open to all voices. Our Principles Common Issues on Campus Academic Freedom Campus Climate Discrimination & Harassment Diversity & […]

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  • Writing for Justice Fellowships

    PEN America’s Writing for Justice Fellowship commissions writers—emerging or established—to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate. The Fellowship aims to harness the power of writers and writing in bearing witness to the societal consequences of mass incarceration by capturing and sharing the stories […]

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  • Celebrating the unifying power of poetry

    This year, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day takes place on Friday 23 August; the same day that New Zealand’s new Poet Laureate is announced. Again, our annual celebration of poetry has broken all records, with more than 150 events and competitions scheduled to take place nationwide.  Expect #NZPoetryDay to trend on Twitter and people to […]

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  • ‘No Friend but the Mountains’ wins National Biography Award

    Behrouz Boochani also won the Victorian Premier’s Award. He sent his manuscript from where he is interred on Manus Island, by WattsApp. He accepted the National Biography Prize, also by Wattsapp… The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced No Friend but the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani (Picador) as the winner of this year’s $25,000 […]

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  • Daughters of Toni: A Remembrance

    By: Zadie Smith August 7, 2019 for PEN America Author Zadie Smith reflects on the life and influence of Toni Morrison as part of PEN America’s tribute to the late Nobel laureate. I read Toni Morrison’s early novels very young, probably a little too young, when I was around ten years old. I couldn’t always […]

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  • Jennifer Egan’s Guide to Literary Activism

    Award-winning novelist, journalist, and President of PEN America Jennifer Egan shares her top picks for our toolkit feature—ways to learn more and stay connected to the conversation—three people to follow, three things to read, and three organizations to check out and support. PEOPLE TO FOLLOW Acclaimed writer of fiction and nonfiction Valeria Luiselli Author and […]

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  • PEN AMERICA – Defending Journalistic Freedoms

    SIGN NOW: End the harassment and surveillance of journalists. Defend press freedom at our southern border. The Trump administration’s targeting of journalists has reached a new level. Recent reports from the U.S.-Mexico border—and leaked documents from a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower—indicate that US government agencies have been tracking and monitoring over 50 individuals, mostly […]

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  • New Zealand Society of Authors condemns Christchurch massacre

    Disponible en arabe ?????? ?????? ???????  International PEN Charter The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa sends love and support to our devasted communities across Aotearoa. PEN International condemns this act of cowardice and hate. Every NZSA regional branch and council meeting begins with reference to the empty chair […]

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  • Manus Island detainee wins major Australian Book Award

    Detained Manus refugee wins Australia’s richest literary prize Behrouz Boochani … wrote his award-winning book bit-by-bit via text messaging and Whats App from Papua New Guinea… An Iranian asylum-seeker detained in Papua New Guinea under Australian asylum laws has won Australia’s most valuable literary prize for a book he reportedly wrote using the online messaging […]

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  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks out FOR Freedom of Speech and AGAINST Fake News for PEN AMERICA

    There is a Western idea that wickedness, when committed by a certain kind of person and in a certain kind of way, is worthy of being engaged with. And there are certain things that people said would never happen in this country. But they are in fact happening. It is at times like these that […]

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