PEN New England

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.”  
Lyudmila Ulitskaya

 

 

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.

 
 

PEN New England is a chapter of PEN America, a worldwide association of writers celebrating creative expression and defending the liberties that make it possible. We make our home at MIT, where the Arts are rooted in imagination and experimentation.

PEN stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world.

PEN International was founded in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual cooperation among writers everywhere; to emphasize the role of literature in the development of mutual understanding and world culture; to fight for freedom of expression; and to act as a powerful voice on behalf of writers harassed, imprisoned, and sometimes killed for their views. More...

Contact Karen Wulf for information and inquiries.

“I am so grateful to MIT for recognizing the work PEN New England does in promoting literature and free expression.”  --Helen Elaine Lee Professor, Comparative Media Studies/ Writing Director, Women's and Gender Studies

I am so grateful to MIT for recognizing the work PEN New England does in promoting literature and free expression.” 
--Helen Elaine Lee
Professor, Comparative Media Studies/ Writing
Director, Women's and Gender Studies

 

PEN New England Board of Directors

Jabari Asim
Anthony D'Aries
Peter Covino
Bret Anthony Johnston
Helen Elaine Lee
Amy Macdonald
Fred Marchant
Dale Peterson, Chair
Heidi Pitlor
Alexis Rizutto
Suzanne Strempek-Shea

Karen Wulf
Executive Director