PEN CENTER USA MEMBERSHIP

In the month of May, we are celebrating our current members and expanding the PEN community.

During PEN’s Membership Month we want all writers, readers, and first amendment advocates to become members of PEN!

Our members are:

Advocates for free expression
Supporters of literary culture
Champions of the written word

That’s You!

For every member that joins or renews we will send one book to Makara Center for the Arts, a library that’s bringing literacy and culture to a book desert.

You’re Invited

Celebrate with us at these events and reap your member benefits!  

May 9
Membership Month Kick Off Party
following the Roxane Gay and Randa Jarrar Author Evening
Drinks! Good Eats! DJ Mstrbrwn!
Hosted by:
Franklin Leonard, Natashia Deón and Karolina Waclawiak
 *members receive drink tickets, entry to the raffle
— RSVP HERE —

May 21
Makara Center for the Arts
Library Opening & Tiki Book Drive
Tropical Treats! Book Making! Tarot To-Go! Scavenger Hunt!
Participate in a book-printing activity with Travieso Press, a project of Workshop for Community Arts!
— RSVP HERE —

May 24
Member Mixer at The Edison
New Member Books! Literary Themed Cocktails! Raffle!
— RSVP HERE —

 

PEN Center USA’s membership consists of over seven hundred published and produced writers—novelists, journalists, poets, translators, playwrights, screen- and television-writers, and writers from academia. It also comprises supporters, students, and booksellers 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 on behalf of writers of every variety, wherever they are imperiled. For more info, contact membership@penusa.org.

 

       

 


   


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP is open to professional writers, including poets, novelists, playwrights, journalists, editors, translators, academics, and writers for film and television, who have a professionally produced or published body of work. 

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PATRON MEMBERSHIP is open to any person who supports PEN Center USA’s mission and outreach work. 

 

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DISTINGUISHED PATRON MEMBERSHIP is open to any person who supports PEN Center USA’s mission and wishes to make an additional donation to our outreach programs. Distinguished Patron Membership dues cover a Patron Membership and a $150 donation, which helps sustain PEN Center USA’s outreach programming, including Freedom to Write and the annual Literary Awards, throughout the year.

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STUDENT MEMBERSHIP is open to any person able to prove current enrollment at an educational institution.

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BOOKSELLER MEMBERSHIP is open to any person able to prove current employment at a bookstore. PEN Center USA recognizes the vital role of booksellers in a thriving literary community.

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ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP is open to any group or organization who supports PEN Center USA’s mission and outreach work. The membership dues allow up to five members of the group or organization to receive Patron level benefits.

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