PEN New England

PEN new england

“There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”

—George Orwell, 1984


PEN New England is 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.


Isaac Bashevis Singer’s original PEN membership card

Isaac Bashevis Singer’s original PEN membership card

We rely on dues and donations to provide the support necessary for our year-round array of literary and advocacy programming. Become a member of PEN New England and be a part of the great New England literary tradition.


Your membership to PEN New England grants you fellowship in a historic community of writers, literary professionals, and supporters of free expression, and entitles you to an array of benefits:

  • Special invitations to our programs, literary celebrations, and members-only events, receptions, and salons
  • Discounts at local booksellers
  • Reserved seating at select events
  • PEN New England book bag (Partners and above)
  • Inscribed first editions (Lifetime members and above)

Thank You

The rewards of membership start with the knowledge that you are part of New England’s great literary tradition. And that you have joined together with a national and international fellowship of writers and readers, editors, publishing professionals, and activists working together to promote literary culture and defend free expression.

Members and supporters are ambassadors of PEN, helping us advocate for the issues at the heart of literature and free expression. Don’t take it for granted. Celebrate it, support it, and thank you for joining our ranks.


Membership Levels

Associate Membership—$50
Open to everyone who supports PEN’s mission and provides a vital base of volunteers plus support for PEN’s programs and advocacy.

Partner Membership—$250
Make an additional donation to support special initiatives and outreach programs for underserved communities.

Lifetime Membership—$1,000 one-time
Join a dynamic circle of friends who provide indispensable and sustaining support.

Patron—$5,000 and above
For those able to champion literature and free expression at stewardship levels.

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Special Gifts, Sponsorships, & Underwriting Opportunities

For those who wish to make special contributions in support of existing programs or areas of interests, including outreach programs to unserved communities, advancing efforts to promote free expression, and defending writers at risk.

For more information about championing literature and free expression at stewardship levels, contact Karen Wulf at
pen-newengland [at] mit [dot] edu