PEN Center USA is a branch of PEN International, the world’s leading international literary and human rights organization.
We are one of two PEN International Centers in the United States. The other is PEN America, in New York City. PEN Center USA is the third largest PEN International Center in the world and was founded in 1943 and incorporated as a nonprofit association in 1981.
Through Freedom To Write programming and events, PEN Center USA advocates for imprisoned, censored, and persecuted writers throughout the world, while cultivating and expanding a diverse and engaged literary community in the western United States. In that way we promote freedom of expression in the fullest sense of its meaning.
PEN Center USA’s membership of more than 800 writers includes poets, playwrights, essayists, novelists, as well as television and screenwriters, critics, historians, editors, journalists, translators, students, booksellers, and readers.
PEN Center USA offers membership at different levels to writers and readers. Learn more and join here.
PEN Center USA gratefully accepts tax-deductible donations. Click here to donate.
Yes. Unless otherwise noted, PEN Center USA events are open to the public. Members will sometimes receive discounts on ticketed PEN Center USA events, as well as invitations to certain members-only events.
No. PEN Center USA cannot help you find an agent or get published.
No. PEN Center USA does not offer legal services to its members.
No. PEN Center USA does not accept unsolicited literary event requests at this time.
PEN Center USA currently has two chapters, PEN Oakland and PEN Texas. Click the logos below to visit our chapters online.
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