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.

JOIN PEN/ Support our mission

Every writer is in the free speech business.
— E. L. Doctorow

Stand with Us

Join PEN and New England's literary community, and be a part of an international network of writers from 150 PEN centers worldwide. Take part in ongoing literary conversations, and join a legacy extending from Dickinson to Oliver, Thoreau to Zinn, Cheever to Perrotta, and Dubus to Dubus.

PEN stands for the free and open exchange of literature and ideas, and members are ambassadors for free expression everywhere, for everyone. Please join and stand with us.


Your membership entitles you to:

  • Fellowship in a historic community of writers, literary professionals, and supporters of free expression
  • Invitations to our programs, literary celebrations, and members-only programs
  • Reserved seating at select events
  • One more book bag (Partners and above)
  • Inscribed first editions (Lifetime members and above)

Membership Levels

Open to everyone who supports PEN’s mission and provides a vital base of volunteers plus support for PEN’s programs and advocacy.

Make an additional donation to support special initiatives and outreach programs for underserved communities.

Lifetime—$1,000 one-time
Join a dynamic circle of friends who provide indispensable, sustaining support.

Patron—$5,000 and above
For those able to champion literature and free expression at stewardship levels.

Join / Renew

Support our mission with a Special Gift

For those who wish to make special contributions in support of existing programs or areas of interests, including outreach programs to unserved communities, advancing efforts to promote free expression, and defending writers at risk.

For more information about championing literature and free expression at stewardship levels, contact Karen Wulf at
pen-newengland [at] mit [dot] edu