At PEN America, we have a unique part to play in the defense of free expression, the amplification of marginalized voices, the fostering of dialogue across political and ideological bounds, the freedom of a robust press, and the advancement of literature and stories as a fount of empathy and understanding. We are energized to fight the new wave of threats to free expression in the United States and worldwide. With the backing of our remarkable Membership, we can work harder than ever to defend the rights of all to speak without fear, to celebrate the value of literature, arts, and culture, and to oppose the forces of isolationism and authoritarianism.
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- Translation Committee
- Writers in the Schools Committee
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