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.


2016 PEN/Song Lyrics Awards
Sep
19
2:00 pm14:00

2016 PEN/Song Lyrics Awards

  • JFK Library

John Prine, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan will receive this year's PEN/Song Lyrics Award. The ceremony will be held on September 19th and is presented in partnership with the JFK Library.

PUB Night, June
Jun
28
6:00 pm18:00

PUB Night, June

  • ArtBar

Join us for the first in a series of three summer PUB nights. Cash bar & conversation with PEN members and local writers.

Hosts: Sue Miller, Amy Macdonald, and Vicki Croke

An Evening with Tess Gallagher
Apr
18
7:00 pm19:00

An Evening with Tess Gallagher

  • Friends Meeting House

Join us for an intimate reading by poet, essayist, and short story writer Tess Gallagher, celebrating the launch of her latest book, Boogie-Woogie Crisscross, a “poetry jam session” between Gallagher and poet Larry Matsuda.

An Evening with Lyudmila Ulitskaya
Jan
21
6:30 pm18:30

An Evening with Lyudmila Ulitskaya

  • Rapaporte Treasure Hall

A conversation with renowned Russian novelist and short story writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya. Co-presented with the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry. 

NOTE: This presentation will be in Russian, with no interpretation.

Discovery Evening
Dec
10
6:00 pm18:00

Discovery Evening

  • Boston Public Library, Abbey Room

Join us in raising a glass to three new voices in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Hearing the Lost Voices: Armenian Writers & the Legacy of Genocide
Nov
8
2:00 pm14:00

Hearing the Lost Voices: Armenian Writers & the Legacy of Genocide

  • Armenian Library and Museum of America

A commemoration of writers and artists whose voices were lost in the Armenian Genocide. With Eric Bogosian, Diana Der Hovannessian, Marc Mamigonian, Herand Markarian, Danila Terpanjian and Judy Saryan, Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy, James Russell, and Jirair Libaridian.

Writing and Trauma Conference
Nov
6
8:00 am08:00

Writing and Trauma Conference

  • Regis College

A forum for writing teachers from both academic and community-based settings to investigate the methods and processes that support the transformational and therapeutic potential of writing.

Boston Book Festival: Growing Up in Time of War
Oct
24
12:45 pm12:45

Boston Book Festival: Growing Up in Time of War

  • Emmanuel Parish Hall

What happens to the psyche of a young person who experiences the chaos and terror of war? Writers Jim Shepard, Chinelo Okparanta, and Simon Mawer join Helen Elaine Lee for this compelling discussion.

Something to Hide: Writers & Artists Against the Surveillance State
Oct
21
7:30 pm19:30

Something to Hide: Writers & Artists Against the Surveillance State

  • Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center, MIT Room 32-123

Join us for a night of readings illuminating the ways mass surveillance threatens artistic and intellectual freedoms. With special guests Suzanne Nossel and Carol Rose. Featuring Helene Atwan, Chris Cooper, Andre Dubus III, Jennifer Haigh, Richard Hoffman, Helen Elaine Lee, Marianne Leone, Lois Lowry, Claire Messud, ZZ Packer, Tom Perrotta, Michael Rezendes, and more.

Mothers & Writing
Mar
29
3:00 pm15:00

Mothers & Writing

  • Cambridge Public Library Main Branch

Come and hear from five distinguished writers who are also mothers on how it works—and occasionally doesn’t—for them.

A People’s History of Ferguson
Mar
19
6:30 pm18:30

A People’s History of Ferguson

  • Cambridge Forum

Ferguson activists and 2015 Howard Zinn Honorees Johnetta Elzie and DeRay McKesson join Jabari Asim, editor-in-chief of The Crisis, in a conversation about Ferguson, activism, and citizen journalism on March 19, 6:30pm, at Cambridge Forum.

Walden Pond Walk
Nov
22
10:30 am10:30

Walden Pond Walk

  • Walden Pond State Reservation 915 Walden St., Concord

Join naturalist John Hanson Mitchell for a guided Thoreau-themed stroll around our local Transcendentalist landmark. We'll gather at the Thoreau statue and the walk will begin promptly at 10:30am.

The Henry David Thoreau Prize
May
7
6:30 pm18:30

The Henry David Thoreau Prize

  • The Bartos Theater

This year's prize will be awarded to T.C. Boyle. The Thoreau Prize is given annually to a writer demonstrating literary excellence in nature writing. Previous winners are Gretel Ehrlich, E.O. Wilson, Gary Snyder, and Peter Matthiessen. Free and open to the public.