November 2013

Bookmark This: What Books Are You Thankful For?

 
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the PEN Center USA staff selected the books for which they are most grateful. Find out which books made the cut and join in on the conversation!

Writers’ Reel: Remembering Poet Wanda Coleman

Long regarded as Los Angeles’s unofficial poet laureate, poet Wanda Coleman passed away this week at 67. Her words and life touched many in the literary community. Watch her speak about writing poetry and read from her work as part of the Poetry.LA interview series.

THE PEN CENTER USA CHARTER AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP CRITERA

THE PEN CHARTER
 

The PEN Charter is based on resolutions passed at international congresses and may be summarized as affirming that:

Bookmark This: The Importance of Giving

Writers' Reel: How Animation Can Enhance Poetry



This week’s Writers' Reel features acclaimed poet Billy Collins in a TED Talk discussing the use of animation to create a narrative sense in his poems. Watch five of his beautifully animated poems as his words are brought to life using this unique medium.

Click here for more on Billy Collins.

You're Invited to Join PEN Center USA

 

PEN Center USA, a literary nonprofit, protects the vital freedoms of writers and readers worldwide. In 2013, and looking ahead, few issues of human rights are more pressing than this. By joining PEN Center USA's membership today, you can support the organization's vibrant international and domestic programs, making them increasingly effective at a time when they're sorely needed.

Observing Day of the Imprisoned Writer

To mark Day of the Imprisoned Writer, we have highlighted three writers from across the world who are currently imprisoned or are in danger of being imprisoned. In their profiles, you will find the sentence they are currently facing, observation and assessment from outside the court stating the discrepancies in these accusations, and their freedoms that have now been denied.

DAY OF THE IMPRISONED WRITER

PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee observed the first Day of the Imprisoned Writer on November 15th, 1981. Since then, this day has been observed annually by all of the PEN centers throughout the world.

PARTICIPATE: Day of the Imprisoned Writer

PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee observed the first Day of the Imprisoned Writer on November 15th, 1981. Since then, this day has been observed annually by all of the PEN centers throughout the world.