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PEN Across America Open House Chapter Events

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PEN Across America brings together communities across the country in defending and celebrating free expression. By sponsoring public forums and literary conversations, PEN Across America works to promote and elevate literary engagement and free speech initiatives nationwide.

We are excited to announce a series of regional in-person PEN America Chapter events, with the purpose of reuniting community members through a shared love of reading and writing. After a year of virtual conversations, we are thrilled to sponsor a number of joy-centered communal gatherings that celebrate the power of the written word.

We are monitoring regional COVID protocols and working closely with all our venues in order to ensure a series of safe and inspiring events. If circumstances require, our plans may change. We promise to keep you posted.

RSVP to the open house events near you below. If you have any questions, please email William Johnson, PEN Across America Program Director, at wjohnson@pen.org.

Event Series Schedule

Dallas, TX: An Evening of Readings and Cocktails

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
7:00pm – 9:00pm CT

The Wild Detectives
314 West Eighth Street
Dallas, TX 75208

Kendra Hall
Casey Gerald


Austin, TX: An Evening of Readings and Cocktails

Thursday, August 26, 2021
7:00pm – 9:00pm CT

The Carpenter Hotel
400 Josephine Street
Austin, TX 78704

Kirk Walsh
Stacey Swann
Julie Poole
Richard Santos


Piedmont Region/North Carolina: A Writing Prompt Party

Thursday, September 2, 2021
6:30pm – 9:00pm ET

Scuppernong Books
304 South Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

Krystal Smith
Joe Killian
Ashley Lumpkin
Todd Fisher


Tulsa, OK: An In-Person Author Talk with Ashley C. Ford

Thursday, September 9, 2021
7pm CT

Greenwood Cultural Center
322 North Greenwood Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74120

Ashely C. Ford and Jeff Martin (PEN Tulsa Chapter Leader)


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