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. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.
PEN America collaborates with PEN Centers worldwide on advocacy for threatened and imprisoned writers and other free expression issues, as well as forming partnerships supporting PEN Centers in Myanmar, South Africa, Haiti and elsewhere. The PEN World Series offers a glimpse into the work of PEN Centers around the globe.
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 about the PEN World.
Please contact Karen Wulf for information and inquiries.
Board of Directors
Bret Anthony Johnston
Helen Elaine Lee, Vice Chair
Dale Peterson, Chair