PEN Presses for Visa for Palestinian Poet

Yesterday, we got word through our Translation Committee that Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan, whose collection Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me is being released by Yale University Press… More

PEN Goes to the UN

[caption id="attachment_10630" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Members of the UN Human Rights Committee"][/caption] For the past three weeks, I've been trudging up to the UN to engage with the Human Rights Committee.… More

Breaking Through Cybercensorship

[caption id="attachment_9784" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Photo by Olivier Delhoume"][/caption] A passionate panel of cyberactivists convened at the Cooper Union as part of the ThinkSwiss festival to discuss new tools and approaches to combating online censorship.… More

PEN Protesta!: Writing the Future

[caption id="attachment_8977" align="alignnone" width="405" caption="PEN Protesta! statement, signed by 170 of the world’s leading writers declaring solidarity with Mexican journalists"][/caption] Representatives of PEN centers from around the globe joined PEN… More

A “Campaign of Genocide” in Syria

This morning, Christopher Merrill of the International Writing Program in Iowa sent PEN a translation of a letter by Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa imploring the world to help end… More

A “Campaign of Genocide”¥ in Syria

[caption id="attachment_8705" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Photo by syriana2011 via Flickr"][/caption] This morning, Christopher Merrill of the International Writing Program in Iowa sent PEN a translation of a letter by Syrian novelist… More