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.

About PEN New England

I am so grateful to MIT for recognizing the work PEN New England does in promoting literature and free expression.” 
—Helen Elaine Lee, Professor CMS/W

We are a worldwide association of writers and all who celebrate literature and defend free expression. PEN New England is a chapter of PEN American Center and part of International PEN, the world's oldest international literary and human rights organization. 

We make our home at MIT, where the Arts are rooted in imagination and experimentation.

Please direct all inquiries to Karen Wulf.

Board of Directors

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


Karen Wulf

Rob Arnold
Associate Director