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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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The Henry David Thoreau Prize

  • The Bartos Theater Massachusetts Institute of Technology, E15-070 Cambridge MA 02142 (map)

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.