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Our strength is our Membership—a nationwide community of novelists and nonfiction authors, journalists, editors, poets, screenwriters, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, agents, and other literary professionals, and an even larger network of devoted readers and supporters who join with them to carry out PEN America’s mission.
As a PEN America Member, you have a unique part to play in the defense of free expression, celebration of literary excellence, amplification of marginalized voices, and the fostering of dialogue across political and ideological boundaries. We need your voices and support now more than ever. Working together, we will defend our most precious freedoms.
PEN America Members commit themselves to:
- Celebrate Literary Excellence
- Defend Free Expression
- Protect Persecuted Writers
For published or produced writers, editors, translators, dramatists, screenwriters, and other writing professionals.
For anyone who advocates for the freedom to write.
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“At a time when freedom is being rewritten at home and abroad, I value my role as a story-teller to push back—for both the right to tell stories and the right to report the truth. I want to support others who feel the same.”
—Kirk R, Professional Member
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