Adam Somers is the executive director of PEN Center USA. Below, he provides insight into the value of PITC residencies and the future of PITC.
Amy Wallen is a writer, editor, teacher, PEN member, and beloved PEN In The Classroom instructor. For the past two years, Amy has taught a PITC residency to students at Ocean Discovery Institute, a nonprofit organization in San Diego dedicated to educating urban and diverse youth through ocean science.
Sage Workshop participants at the Central Library in Los Angeles.
Charles Renn, LAAAA Community Director; Heather Simons, PITC Program Manager; and Jack Martinez, LAAAA Executive Director, at the John Marshall High School PITC final reading in January.
Animo Film & Theatre Arts Charter School
SARAH ARSONE: Poet / essayist / journalist. Books of poetry include Guilty and Zen and the Art of Changing Diapers
JACKIE AUSTIN: Journalist, screenwriter, essayist.
LILI BARSHA: Author of 365 Days of Humiliation and Haunted Cabaret, an annual fright play.
MICHAEL CIRELLI: Performance poet, National Poetry Slam finalist, author of numerous anthologized poems and chapbooks
“We learned to write what we feel without fear.”
--Student, Downtown Magnet High School
“The program let my students recognize that authors are ‘regular’ people (with talent) and helped them to see the talent within themselves.”
--Sarah Schact, Teacher, Culver City High School
PEN in the Classroom is funded by the Rosenthal Family Foundation, the Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation, the Herb Alpert Foundation, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Tiger Woods Foundation, and the Winnick Family Foundation. PITC has also received support from Los Angeles Unified School District, which has included PEN in the Classroom in its Arts Community Partnership Network.