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Did You Join The Women's March? You Just Won An Awesome Award.

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 04.06.2017 | Women

Millions of people joined the women’s marches across the country in January, making it arguably the biggest single-day demonstration ever in the Uni...

What The NEA Means To Me

Robert Peake | Posted 03.20.2017 | Entertainment
Robert Peake

It is strange to be an American watching America from afar right now. I live in England, near the village of St. Albans, which has been continuously i...

Famous Writers Plan 'Literary Protest' On NY Public Library Steps

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.05.2017 | Arts

PEN America, an organization built around a desire to defend open expression in the U.S., is preparing a “literary protest” in the most likely of ...

Margaret Atwood Cautions America Against 'Dictators Of Any Kind'

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 01.06.2017 | Arts

Margaret Atwood knows about political tumult. Over 30 years ago, she wrote a classic book about a society’s quick slide into a woman-oppressing dyst...

Alex Cigale: East Meets West And The Russian Absurd

Loren Kleinman | Posted 09.01.2016 | Home
Loren Kleinman

In 2015, Alex Cigale was an NEA Fellow in Literary Translation, and edited the Russian poetry issue of the Atlanta Review. He was a guest blogger on c...

In Praise of Blasphemy

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

American friends, especially PEN Club writers, please read, right now, Caroline Fourest's new book, Eloge du blasphème (In Praise of Blasphemy, Grasset 2015), if you wish to understand.

Optimism in Check, Nihilism at Bay

Paul Rome | Posted 04.22.2014 | Impact
Paul Rome

I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to explore and develop my ideas without fear of punishment or jail time.

Sharing Your Truth

PEN American Center | Posted 11.23.2013 | Home
PEN American Center

Do people need protecting from art? I don't think so. Art starts a dialogue with those who come into contact with it. It doesn't attack you or force you to see things from its perspective.

PEN Announces Awards Shortlists

Posted 07.11.2013 | Home

The shortlists for PEN American Center's literary awards have just been revealed, in various diverse areas of literature. “We are proud that PEN...

Surveillance and International Law

PEN American Center | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
PEN American Center

There is schadenfreude in this (how rich a moment for Russia and China, long the targets of U.S. criticism on digital freedoms!). But there is also a widely-held sense that the U.S. is operating outside of the legal frameworks and moral principles it espouses at home and internationally.

Writer Liu Xiaobo Release from China Demanded By Congress

PEN American Center | Larry Siems | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

New York City, October 2, 2009--Calling yesterday's near-unanimous vote approving a Congressional resolution demanding the immediate release of critic...