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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 Legacy of James Baldwin

  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Columbia Point Boston, MA, 02125 United States (map)

Following a screening of the newly restored documentary, James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket, a panel of writers, artists, and historians will investigate Baldwin’s call for equality and its relevance today. Featuring the filmmaker Karen Thorsen, Tufts professor Peniel Joseph, poets Nikky Finney and Rose Styron, and James Baldwin’s niece, Aisha Karefa-Smart. Kim McLarin, a frequent contributor to WGBH’s Emmy-award winning program, Basic Black, moderates. Presented in partnership with the JFK Library. This event is free and open to the public. Register to attend here.