PEN Across America, a PEN America initiative, supports a vibrant array of activities in communities outside major metropolitan coastal cities (New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles). At a moment when communities across the country are polarized and disengaged with one another, PEN America aims to promote dialogue across borders of any kind and elevate all voices, especially those that have been traditionally marginalized. We’re engaging Members and reaching new audiences with literary events, consequential discussions, and other activities that support our shared mission to celebrate the written word and defend free expression worldwide.

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