The PEN President’s Circle consists of individuals who both care deeply about PEN’s work and annually make significant commitments of support. President’s Circle Members are essential partners in all PEN’s work: securing the liberty of imprisoned writers of conscience, mobilizing writers as agents for social change, and producing compelling public literary programs.

PEN President’s Circle Membership Benefits

Poets – For our most committed donors
In addition to all the Novelists and Essayists level benefits:

  • Invitations to private events, including the PEN world Voices Festival opening and closing night cocktail receptions
  • Annual reception with the PEN Board of Trustees
  • Invitation to one exclusive Author’s Evening per year, open only to President’s Circle members, featuring a leading writer in an intimate setting


Essayists – For donors contributing $5,000+ per annum
In addition to all the Novelists benefits:

  • Early sign-up for the PEN winter Authors’ Evenings prior to the program’s official announcement
  • Invitation to the PEN New Members/New books party, a gathering of more than 350 established and up-and-coming writers
  • Preferred seating and access to the PEN Literary Awards Ceremony and reception


Novelists – For donors contributing $2,500+ per annum

  • Preferential seating and early access, where available, to PEN programming events, such as the annual PEN Prison Writing showcase, Arthur miller Freedom to Write Lecture and other PEN World Voices Festival events
  • Complementary tickets to PEN’s pop-up events and public programming
  • Inclusion in an honor roll acknowledgement in the Literary Gala journal and other appropriate published literature of the organization


For more information please contact Anni Luneau, Director of Institutional Advancement, at [email protected] or (646) 779-4812.