Tag Archives: PEN

PEN International interview series marks International Women’s Day 2017

8 March 2017

It is the extraordinary legacy of women writers and journalists that inspire us at PEN to continue fighting the many barriers women writers still face. Whether that is censorship in the form of physical or emotional violence, a society that stereotypes and marginalizes them, or a publishing industry that still sees women earning less, publishing less, and being reviewed less than their male peers. This is a struggle that affects us all because everyone needs the stories, voices, and craft women writers have always offered – despite a huge number of challenges – in such abundance. The stories, rhythms, and power of women writers have created new worlds, both real and fictional, in which readers can lose and find themselves, glean inspiration to live more visibly and inhabit women’s knowledge. Continue reading

2017 PEN America Literary Awards Celebrate Books that Transcend Borders

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Arielle Anema, Literary Awards Manager: +1.646.779.4813, arielle@pen.org
Sarah Edkins, Director of Communications: +1.646.779.4830, sedkins@pen.org

NEW YORK–PEN America today announced the winners of its 2017 Literary Awards, including playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, whose life and play inspired the Oscar-nominated film Moonlight; novelist, essayist, and critic Aleksandar Hemon for his passion-project oral history of Bosnian migrants and their stories of displacement; British novelist Helen Oyeyemi for her first short story collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (Riverhead); and sociologist Matthew Desmond for Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, a groundbreaking exploration of the devastating effects of rising housing costs on urban communities. Continue reading

New PEN report examines obstacles to minority-language publishing

21 February 2017 – To mark International Mother Language Day, PEN International has launched a new report which examines the condition for minority language creative writing industries in Kenya, Haiti, Serbia and Nigeria. Continue reading

TLRC Meeting and Asia-Pacific Centres’ Meeting

The PEN International TLRC Meeting and Asia-Pacific Centres’ Meeting, Bengaluru, India (Wed 24th – Friday 28th April  2017)

 

PEN International are proud to organise the meeting in partnership with the literary organisation Sangam House and the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS). Continue reading

China: PEN renews its calls to release all writers, journalists and publishers

pen-digital-freedom-logo7 December 2016

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Ahead of World Human Rights Day, PEN International reiterates its calls on the Chinese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all writers, journalists, bloggers and publishers held for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of opinion, expression and association. The number of detained and imprisoned writers in China is among the highest in the world. PEN also calls on the authorities to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights without further delay. Continue reading

PEN International Letter to ICPC President Tienchi Martin-Liao

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Joanne Leedom-Ackerman: Building Literary Bridges: Past and Present

pi82-ourense      Gathered in the ancient city of Ourense, Spain in the heart of Galicia, writers from around the world celebrated history, debated the present and committed to the future of literature and freedom of expression at PEN International’s 82nd Congress organized around the theme “Building Literary Bridges.” Continue reading

Writers from across the globe gather in the city of Ourense, Galicia for the 82nd PEN Congress

pi8225 September, 2016 – More than 200 writers and PEN members will gather this week in the city of Ourense, Spain for the 82nd PEN InternationalCongress hosted by Galician PEN. Writers and journalists participating at the event include Russian-American writer Masha Gessen, Turkish journalist and PEN Main Case Can Dündar as well as Galician writers Manuel Rivas and Xosé Luís Méndez Ferrín, Almudena Grandes, , Nélida Piñon, Claudia Piñero, Ma Thida, Andrei Kurkov, Beatrice Lamwaka and many more. Continue reading