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.

Henry David Thoreau Prize

Established in 2010 by Dale Peterson, the Henry David Thoreau Prize is awarded annually to a writer demonstrating literary excellence in nature writing. Previous winners: Gretel Ehrlich, E. O. Wilson, Gary Snyder, Peter Matthiessen, T. C. Boyle, Diane Ackerman, and Linda Hogan.


2017 Honoree: SY MONTGOMERY

“Equal parts poet and scientist.” —The New York Times

“Part Indiana Jones and part Emily Dickinson.” —The Boston Globe

“Sy Montgomery has insight into the Others that every nature writer on this continent envies. I am no exception. Clear, emotionally telling and always right to the point, her accounts of the other forms of life are without peer.”  —Farley Mowat, author of Never Cry Wolf

Wednesday, July 12th
Thoreau Bicentennial
Concord, Massachusetts

 

Thoreau Bicentennial


 

July 11 - 16, 2017
Concord, MA

 

 

 

Recent Honorees

 
LINDA HOGAN 2016 Honoree "There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story."

LINDA HOGAN
2016 Honoree

"There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story."