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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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Mothers & Writing

  • Cambridge Public Library Main Branch 449 Broadway Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

Raising children and trying to write. Writing and trying to raise children. What are the challenges? The pleasures? PEN New England had a panel on this topic 25 years ago: Has anything changed? Come and hear from five distinguished writers who are also mothers on how it works—and occasionally doesn’t—for them. 

Speakers include Lily King, author of Euphoria; Kim McLarin, author of Divorce Dog: Motherhood, Men & Midlife; Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs; Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, and moderator Heidi Pitlor, series editor of The Best American Short Stories and author of the upcoming The Daylight Marriage.