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...

“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

 

TRANSITIONS

It is with gratitude and well wishes that PEN New England announced that Karen Wulf, Executive Director, let us know of her decision to step down at the end of September. As of September 30, 2017 communications with PEN New England should be directed to PENNewEngland@pen.org