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“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.

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POSTPONED: An Evening with Diane Ackerman

  • MIT Media Lab Lecture Hall, E14-633 75 Amherst St Cambridge, MA, 02142 United States (map)

UPDATE: Due to anticipated inclement weather, the evening with Diane Ackerman has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We’re thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2015 Henry David Thoreau Prize is Diane Ackerman. Poet, essayist, and naturalist, Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly acclaimed works of nonfiction and poetry, including The Zookeeper’s Wife and A Natural History of the Senses―books beloved by millions of readers all over the world. Ackerman’s thrilling observations urge us to live in the moment, to wake up to nature’s everyday miracles. Join us in in celebrating her achievements.

Earlier Event: January 25
Annual Book Party
Later Event: March 19
A People’s History of Ferguson