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PEN Center USA’s membership consists of over six hundred published and produced writers (Professional members)—novelists, journalists, poets, translators, playwrights, screen- and television-writers, and writers from academia. It also comprises supporters (Patron and Distinguished Patron members), students (Student members), and booksellers (Bookseller members) who endorse our mission and wish to participate in our activities.

Voting is limited to our professional members, but all members share our commitment to the betterment of the literary community and advocacy for freedom of expression both internationally and domestically. The annual dues of membership, which vary by type, provide significant financial support that allows our members to carry out the work of PEN Center USA. Additionally, they grant a crucial endorsement that gives our center the authority to advocate to advocate on behalf of writers of every variety, wherever they are imperiled.

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Professional membership is open to professional writers, including poets, novelists, playwrights, journalists, editors, translators, and academics, as well as writers for film and television, who have a professionally produced or published body of work. Professional members can vote in PEN Center USA elections. JOIN NOW
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Patron and Distinguished Patron membership is open to anyone who supports the work of PEN Center USA. Patron members receive exclusive benefits within the literary community and provide invaluable support to our mission. JOIN NOW

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With an additional donation of $150 to the regular Patron dues (for an annual total of $200), Distinguished Patrons are automatically enrolled in PEN International's Rapid Action Network (RAN), which provides regular alerts about writers who have been arrested or threatened because of their work, and allows you to grant permission for the office to add your name on your behalf to online petitions advocating on behalf of these writers. (It is these petitions that often accomplish the awareness, among punitive governments, that the world is watching what they do, and, surprisingly often, prompts a change in their behavior.) In addition you receive all the benefits of Patron membership, and play an especially major role in sustaining our programming throughout the year. Distinguished Patrons also have the convenience of being able use PayPal to join and pay online. JOIN NOW

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Student membership is open to anyone who supports the work of PEN Center USA and is currently enrolled in an educational institution. Student members receive exclusive benefits within the literary community. JOIN NOW
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Recognizing the vital role of booksellers in a thriving literary community, PEN Center USA offers an affordable annual membership for any person able to prove current employment  at a bookstore, distributor, or publishing house. JOIN NOW
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