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.

2014 PEN/Lyrics Award Honorees

The ceremony honoring Kris Kristofferson and Randy Newman was held June 2nd at the JFK Library. Honorees were joined by Master of Ceremonies Elvis Costello, and special guests including T Bone Burnett, Rosanne Cash, Bill Flanagan, Lyle Lovett, Allen Toussaint and Peter Wolf. 

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2012 PEN/LYRICS AWARD Honorees

In 2012, PEN New England assembled an all-star awards committee—including Bono, Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Paul Muldoon, Smokey Robinson, Paul Simon, Salmon Rushdie, and committee chair Bill Flanagan—to bestow a long-awaited award celebrating literary excellence in song lyrics. They selected Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen as the first two recipients. 

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