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PEN In The Classroom Community Interview with Adam Somers


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.

PEN In The Classroom Community Interview with Amy Wallen

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.

PEN In The Classroom Community Interview with Sergio Peralta

Sage Workshop participants at the Central Library in Los Angeles.

PEN In The Classroom Community Interview With LAAAA Executive Director Jack Martinez

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.

High Schools

Animo Film & Theatre Arts Charter School
Belmont
Birmingham
Cleveland
Crenshaw
Culver City
Del Rey
Downtown Magnets
Dorsey
Fairfax
Fremont
Grant
Hamilton
Jefferson
Lynwood
Manual Arts
Marshall
Narbonne
North Hollywood
Palisades
Roosevelt
San Fernando
Santa Monica
South Gate
University
Venice
Wilson

Writers

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

Praise

“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

Funding

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.