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.

PEN New England Literary Awards Celebration

  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum 220 William T Morrissey Blvd Boston, MA, 02125 United States

Writer and critic James Wood will keynote the 40th Anniversary of the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, and the celebration of the PEN/New England Awards for Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction. Free and open to the public. Reservations requested:

James Wood has been a staff writer and book critic at The New Yorker since 2007. In 2009, he won the National Magazine Award for reviews and criticism. He was the chief literary critic at the Guardian, in London, from 1992 to 1995, and a senior editor at The New Republic from 1995 to 2007. His critical essays are collected in The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief; The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays. He is also the author of a novel, The Book Against God, and a study of technique in the novel, How Fiction Works. He is Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard University.