PEN new england
“Literature is the best thing humanity has. Poetry is the heart of literature, the highest concentration of everything that is the best in the world and in man. It is the only true food for your soul.”
We are a chapter of PEN American Center, part of a global association of writers celebrating literature and defending free expression. We make our home at the MIT School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences.
“We are all capable of believing things we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.”
–George Orwell, 1946
CRADLE OF LIBERTY
"When the Wind blows
The Cradle will rock"
On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
"WHY FREE SPEECH IS FUNDAMENTAL"
–Steven Pinker, Boston Globe
DARE TO BE INFORMED
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PEN New England is a chapter of PEN America ––a worldwide community of writers celebrating literature and creative expression, and defending the liberties that make them possible. We make our home at MIT's School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences. (SHASS)