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

China Advocacy: Subversive Poetry, Prison, and Exile

[caption id="attachment_7819" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Yu Jie. Photo by Voice of America via Wikimedia Commons."][/caption] All across the world, we at PEN have noticed a trend against freedom of expression: the number… More

Day of the Imprisoned Writer

[caption id="attachment_2757" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Photo by cccefalon via Wikimedia Commons"][/caption] Today marks the 30th annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer, a yearly commemoration of writers around the world who have… More

Turkish PEN’s Ragip Zarakolu Sends Open Letter from Prison

[caption id="attachment_5666" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Ragip Zarakolu in Oslo"][/caption] Earlier this week, PEN reported that publisher, writer, rights advocate, and leading Turkish PEN Member Ragip Zarakolu was arrested in a roundup… More

Venezuelan PEN Challenges Country’s Human Rights Record at UN

[caption id="attachment_4223" align="alignnone" width="350" caption="Popular Venezuelan newspapers. Photo by Cristobal Alvarado Minic."][/caption] Last Friday in Geneva, it was Venezuela’s turn to be examined by the Universal Periodic Review of the… More