PEN Across America

World Press Freedom Day 2019: Atlanta

About PEN ACROSS AMERICA

With mounting threats to a free press, breakdowns in civil discourse, and the marginalization of important voices, PEN America has a vital role to play in defending free expression. That’s why we’re engaging PEN America Members and allies across the country to lead efforts to promote informed debate, defend press freedom, engage in literary advocacy, and facilitate dialogue across barriers of all kinds.

Our PEN Across America initiative provides resources to mobilize PEN America communities nationwide to carry forward our mission to defend and celebrate free expression. New chapters in Austin, Birmingham, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, the Piedmont Region of North Carolina, Tulsa, and elsewhere are organizing public forums to debate critical issues, hosting writers for literary conversations, conducting advocacy campaigns, offering workshops on media literacy, storytelling, and citizen journalism, and much more.

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Regional Activity

Alabama

Recent Events


Pollution, Place, & The People image Pollution, Place, & the People
September 28, 2019
Birmingham, AL
World Press Freedom Day 2019 Banner World Press Freedom Day: Birmingham, AL
April 28, 2019
Birmingham, AL
2019 Magic City Poetry Festival: Reading with Sonia Sanchez Image An Evening with Sonia Sanchez
April 16, 2019
Birmingham, AL
Magic City Poetry Festival: Screening of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez Header A Screening of “BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez”
April 14, 2019
Birmingham, AL
2019 Magic City Poetry Festival: In Translation Header In Translation: Reading and Discussion
April 10, 2019
Birmingham, AL
Community Open Mic Poetry Readings
April 7, 2019
Birmingham, AL
2019 Magic City Poetry Festival Kickoff MLK Remembrance Magic City Poetry Festival Kickoff: MLK Day of Remembrance
April 4, 2019
Birmingham, AL
50 Years Post-MLK: Media, The Magic City, And How The South Was Won
April 4, 2018
Birmingham, AL
Writers In Community: Birmingham
October 20, 2017 
Birmingham, AL

Arizona

Recent Events


Presentation of “Digna” with Audience Talkback
December 10, 2017
Tucson, AZ
Writers In Community: Tucson
October 10, 2017
Tucson, AZ
Georgia

Recent Events


Banned Books Week 2019: Freedom To Read Banned Books Week 2019: Freedom to Read
September 27, 2019
Decatur, GA
Banned Together Atlanta Banned Together: A Censorship CabaretAtlanta, GA
September 25, 2019
Atlanta, GA
2019 AJC Decatur Book Festival Image PEN America at the 2019 AJC-Decatur Book Festival
August 30, 2019 – September 1, 2019
Atlanta, GA
Emory PEN America Decatur Book Festival Keynote Image Emory/PEN America-Decatur Book Festival Keynote
August 30, 2019
Atlanta, GA
AJC Decatur Festival 2019 Poetry Reading Richard Blanco And Natalie Scenters Zapico Image Poetry Reading: Richard Blanco and Natalie Scenters-Zapico
August 31, 2019
Atlanta, GA
AJC-Decatur Festival 2019 Poetry Reading Rigoberto González and Kate Daniels Poetry Reading: Rigoberto González and Kate Daniels
August 31, 2019
Atlanta, GA
AJC-Decatur Festival 2019 Searching For Community And Home Amid Displacement Searching for Community and Home Amid Displacement
August 31, 2019
Atlanta, GA
AJC-Decatur 2019 Festival: The Death And Life Of Aida Hernandez The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez
August 31, 2019
Atlanta, GA
AJC-Decatur 2019 Festival: Literary Adventure And The American West Literary Adventure and the American West
August 31, 2019
Atlanta, GA
AJC-Decatur Festival 2019 Sacrifice In The Name Of Love Sacrifice in the Name of Love
September 1, 2019
Atlanta, GA
AJC-Decatur Festival 2019 After The Fall Stories Amid The Echoes Of Collapse After the Fall: Stories Amid the Echoes of Collapse
September 1, 2019
Atlanta, GA
AJC-Decatur Festival 2019 Writing Identity In A Fractured World Writing Identity in a Fractured World
September 1, 2019
Atlanta, GA
AJC-Decatur Festival 2019 What We Gain When We Welcome What We Gain When We Welcome
September 1, 2019
Atlanta, GA
World Press Freedom Day 2019 Banner World Press Freedom Day: Atlanta, GA
May 2, 2019
Atlanta, GA
Online Harassment Defense Training on April 13, 2019 Defending Against Online Harassment—Atlanta
April 13, 2019
Atlanta, GA
Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret—Atlanta, GA
September 28, 2018
Atlanta, GA

Illinois

UPCOMING Events


Recent Events


South Side Weekly Data Journalism image South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Introduction to Data Journalism
October 19, 2019
Chicago, IL
Reporting for Radio image South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Reporting For Radio
September 28, 2019
Chicago, IL
Banned Together Chicago Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret—Chicago, IL
September 23, 2019
Chicago, IL
South Side Weekly Workshop Fundamentals Of Editing South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Fundamentals of Editing
August 24, 2019
Chicago, IL
South Side Weekly Workshop: Pitching 101 South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Pitching 101
August 17, 2019 
Chicago, IL
Reporting for Radio image South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Reporting for Radio
September 28, 2019
Chicago, IL
South Side Weekly Community Engagement And Collaboration In Reporting Event Image South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Community Engagement and Collaboration in Reporting
July 27, 2019
Chicago, IL
South Side Weekly Mapping For Journalism Image South Side Weekly Workshop Series: The Ins and Outs of Mapping For Journalism
July 20, 2019
Chicago, IL
Dinner And Docs With Midwest Center For Investigative Reporting Image Dinner and Docs with InvestigateMidwest
June 18, 2019
Champaign, IL
South Side Weekly Visual Journalism South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Visual Journalism
June 1, 2019
Chicago, IL
South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Ethics of Journalism South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Ethics of Journalism
May 11, 2019
Chicago, IL
Abu Shadi Illustration By Dan Rowell For 90 Days 90 Voices And The Chicago Reader MENA: Telling the Stories of Refugees & Asylum Seekers
May 13, 2019
Evanston, IL
World Press Freedom Day: Chicago, IL with Jennifer Egan Photo World Press Freedom Day: Chicago, IL
May 4, 2019
Chicago, IL
Writing In Exile A Conversation With Jennifer Egan And Aleksandar Hemon Photo Writing in Exile: A Conversation with Jennifer Egan and Aleksandar Hemon
May 4, 2019
Chicago, IL
A Conversation On Trauma Informed Immigration Reporting Event Image A Conversation on Trauma-Informed Immigration Reporting
April 29, 2019
Chicago, IL
South Side Weekly Comics Journalism event image South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Comics Journalism
April 27, 2019
Chicago, IL
South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Feature Writing South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Feature Writing
April 13, 2019
Chicago, IL
South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Collecting Oral Histories South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Collecting Oral Histories
April 20, 2019
Chicago, IL
South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Reporting Basics South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Reporting Basics
March 30, 2019
Chicago, IL
South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Writing for Radio South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Writing for Radio
March 16, 2019
Chicago, IL
South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Fundamentals of Fact-checking South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Fundamentals of Fact-checking
March 9, 2019
Chicago, IL
South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Reporting on Public Meetings South Side Weekly Workshop Series: Reporting on Public Meetings
March 2, 2019
Chicago, IL
South Side Weekly workshop series, in partnership with PEN America South Side Weekly Workshop Series: FOIA 101
February 16, 2019
Chicago, IL
Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret—Chicago, IL
October 2, 2018
Chicago, IL

Indiana

Recent Events


Undocumented: Poets Laureate Event Image

Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice
April 20, 2019
Indianapolis, IN

Alabama Story
September 28, 2018
Indianapolis, IN
Break Out: Voices from the Inside—Indianapolis
September 10, 2018
Indianapolis, IN
In the Balance: Press Freedom & The Public Good in The USA Gymnastics Investigation
March 22, 2018
Indianapolis, IN

 

Louisiana

Recent Events & Projects


Words & Music Festival: Joy & Justice
November 15 – November 18, 2018
New Orleans, LA
Blue House Nola: Mixed Media Project
May 25, June 5 2018
New Orleans, LA
8 Years of Accountability: Supporting The Lens’ Birthday
April 25, 2018
New Orleans, LA
Making Connections New Orleans: Media Fellowship Training
January 26, February 10, February 17, March 10, 2018
New Orleans, LA
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ialogues and media training with journalism, documentary, and photojournalism Fellows, in partnership with Crescent City Media
  Writers In Community: New Orleans
November 10, 2017
New Orleans, LA

Maryland

Recent Events


Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret—Baltimore, MD
September 23, 2018
Baltimore, MD
Massachusetts

Upcoming Events


Race in the Public Dialogue: Understanding Criminal Justice Reform event image Race In the Public Dialogue: Understanding Criminal Justice Reform
November 7, 2019
Boston, MA

Recent Events


Image of speakers Randall L. Kennedy, Maya Wiley, and Nina McConigley Race In the Public Dialogue: Hate Speech and Free Speech In America Today
October 17, 2019
Boston, MA
Banned Together Boston Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret—Boston, MA
September 23, 2019
Boston, MA
Race in the Public Dialogue: The Power and Presence of Women in the Civil War event image Race in the Public Dialogue: The Power and Presence of Women in the Civil War
July 18, 2019
Boston, MA
Myth, Fate, and Family
October 13, 2018
Boston, MA
PEN America at the Boston Book Festival
October 13, 2018
Boston, MA
Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret—Boston, MA
September 24, 2018
Boston, MA
South Side Free Press
November 2017 – January 2018
Framingham, MA
Michigan

Recent Events


Literature Locked Up Banned Books Week 2019 image Banned Books Week 2019: Ann Arbor
September 22, 2019
Ann Arbor, MI
Art Activism and Ecopoetics image Art Activism and Ecopoetics
September 14, 2019
Flint, MI
World Press Freedom Day 2019 Banner World Press Freedom Day: Detroit, MI
May 9, 2019
Detroit, MI
Juneteenth Books, Poetry, & Art Fair
June 16, 2018
Detroit, MI
Allied Media Conference
June 15, 2018
Detroit, MI
  Local Media & Immigrant Justice
March 21, 2018
Detroit, MI
The Impact of Immigration Reform on Our Community
January 25, 2018
Rochester, MI
Be the Facts You Wish to Read: A Press Freedom Discussion
October 27, 2017
Detroit, MI 

Missouri

Recent Events


Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret—St. Louis, MO
September 25, 2018
St. Louis, MO

Nebraska

RECENT Events


KANEKO Passages Series With Jennifer Egan Image KANEKO Passages Series with Jennifer Egan
July 19, 2019
Omaha, NE

Nevada

RECENT Events


PEN America at the Believer Festival Image PEN America at the Believer Festival
April 27, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

Oregon

Recent Events


PEN America & Lit Crawl Portland Present: Sample Me
November 9, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA

Pennsylvania

Recent Events


Banned Together Philadelphia Banned Together: A Censorship CabaretPhiladelphia, PA
September 23, 2019
Philadelphia, PA
World Press Freedom Day 2019 Banner World Press Freedom Celebration Open Mic
June 3, 2019
Philadelphia, PA
Media & Marginalization – Positively Queer
April 24, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA
The Bridge
February 28 and April 15, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA
  PEN America Town Hall Meeting In Pittsburgh
July 27, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA
Tennessee

Recent Events


Southern Festival of Books 2019 Migration Narratives New Fiction And Nashville Stories Southern Festival of Books: Migration Narratives: New Fiction and Nashville Stories
October 13, 2019
Nashville, TN
Humanities Tennessee 2019 Coming Of Age At The End Of An Empire Novels For Young Readers Event Icon Southern Festival of Books: Coming of Age at the End of An Empire: Novels for Young Readers
October 13, 2019
Nashville, TN
Southern Festival of Books 2019 Know Thyself Finding Identity Through Memoir And Poetry event page Southern Festival of Books: Know Thyself: Finding Identity Through Memoir and Poetry
October 13, 2019
Nashville, TN
Southern Festival of Books 2019 My Country Tis Of Me Two Memoirs Southern Festival of Books: My Country Tis of Me: Two Memoirs
October 13, 2019
Nashville, TN
Southern Festival of Books 2019 How We Fight For Our Lives A Memoir event page Southern Festival of Books: How We Fight For Our Lives: A Memoir
October 12, 2019
Nashville, TN
Humanities Tennessee 2019 Youth Out Loud YA Novels Southern Festival of Books: Youth Out Loud: YA Novels
October 12, 2019
Nashville, TN
Humanities Tennessee 2019 On The Plain Of Snakes A Mexican Journey Southern Festival of Books: On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey
October 12, 2019
Nashville, TN
Southern Festival of Books: Shared History: Americans of Hispanic and African Descent event image Southern Festival of Books: Shared History: Americans of Hispanic and African Descent
October 12, 2019
Nashville, TN
Southern Festival of Books: A Good Provider is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century event image Southern Festival of Books: A Good Provider is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century
October 12, 2019
Nashville, TN
Southern Festival of Books: A Beginner's Guide to Japan Observations and Provocations event image Southern Festival of Books: A Beginner’s Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations
October 12, 2019
Nashville, TN
Southern Festival of Books A Fortune For Your Disaster image Southern Festival of Books: A Fortune for Your Disaster
October 11, 2019
Nashville, TN
My Year of Rest and Relaxation event image Southern Festival of Books: My Year of Rest and Relaxation
October 11, 2019
Nashville, TN
PEN America at the Southern Festival of Books Event Image PEN America at the Southern Festival of Books
October 11-13, 2019
Nashville, TN
Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret—Nashville, TN
September 29, 2019
Nashville, TN
Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret—Nashville, TN
September 30, 2018
Nashville, TN
Pressing Concerns: The State of the Free Press in Nashville
March 13, 2018
Nashville, TN
Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret With Special Guest PEN America
September 30, 2017
Murfreesboro, TN

Texas

Upcoming Events


Texas Book Festival Writing In A World Of Borders And Bonds image Texas Book Festival: Writing in a World of Borders and Bonds
October 26, 2019
Austin, TX
Points of Entry: Reporting on the Border image Texas Book Festival: Points of Entry: Reporting on the Border
October 27, 2019
Austin, TX

RECENT Events


Life And Death In A Carceral State event image Life and Death in A Carceral State
October 15, 2019
Austin, TX
Literature Locked Up Banned Books Week 2019 image Banned Books Week 2019: Banned Books Week(end)
September 28, 2019
Dallas, TX
Banned Together Dallas Banned Together: A Censorship CabaretDallas, TX
September 27, 2019
Dallas, TX
Literature Locked Up Banned Books Week 2019 image Banned Books Week 2019: Banned Books Bash
September 25, 2019
Austin, TX
The Border: Epicenter of Our Homelands image The Border: Epicenter of Our Homelands
September 25, 2019
Dallas, TX
Banned Together Houston Banned Together: A Censorship CabaretHouston, TX
September 23, 2019
Houston, TX
PEN America at the 2019 Hay Forum Dallas Event Image PEN America at the 2019 Hay Forum Dallas
September 7, 2019
Dallas, TX
Mayborn Nonfiction Conference Beautiful Country Burn Again Democracy, Rebellion, And Revolution Image Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution
July 20, 2019
Grapevine, TX
2019 Mayborn Nonfiction Conference When Should Journalists Become Activists Image When Should Journalists Become Activists
July 20, 2019
Grapevine, TX
PEN America at the Dallas Festival of Books and Ideas Event Image The Dallas Festival of Books and Ideas: The Literary City
May 31, 2019
Dallas, TX
World Press Freedom Day 2019 Banner World Press Freedom Day: Austin, TX
May 8, 2019
Austin, TX
World Press Freedom Day 2019 Banner World Press Freedom Day: Dallas, TX
May 2, 2019
Dallas, TX
Welcome to Texas sign Boundaries and Borders: The City
April 30, 2019
Dallas, TX
Welcome to Texas sign Boundaries and Borders: Art
March 26, 2019
Dallas, TX
Journalism Workshop at the Wild Detectives
March 28, 2019
Dallas, TX
The Wild Detectives A Play About Journalism
March 21, 2019
Dallas, TX
Boundaries and Borders event flyer Boundaries and Borders: Storytelling and Journalism
February 26, 2019
Dallas, TX
Celebration Of Diverse Literary Voices Of Texas event flyer Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas
February 23, 2019
Austin, TX
PEN America at the 2018 Texas Book Festival
October 27-28, 2018
Austin, TX
Stories (Un)Told: Reporting on Family Separation and Immigration Policy
October 27, 2018
Austin, TX
Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret—Houston, TX
September 29, 2018
Houston, TX
Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret—Dallas, TX
September 28, 2018
Dallas, TX
A Reading and Conversation with Sheila Heti and Sigrid Nunez
July 19, 2018
Dallas, TX

MEEt OUR TEAM

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Rebecca Werner
Director of Membership

Katie Zanecchia

Katie Zanecchia
National Outreach Program Director

Christopher Casey, PEN America

Christopher Casey
Literary Activism and Engagement Program Manager

 

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