PEN America Launches Six New Regional Chapters, Expanding Nationwide Reach
“At a time of exceptional threats to free expression and open discourse, our chapters will bring years of mobilization, activism and organizing among writing communities across the country to… More
Join PEN America Today
Defend free expression, support persecuted writers, and promote literary culture.
Get updates on events, literary awards, free expression issues, and global news.
In response to recent efforts to ban books and intimidate teachers and librarians, we're giving voice to the challenged creators of books for children and young adults. Read our latest PEN Pals conversation between @ashleyhopeperez & @padmatv: https://bit.ly/3G1QvJ7.
This remains very much an attack on books about LGBTQ+ identities and race. Just look at 3 places books are being removed en masse.
First: Virginia Beach. We @PENamerica sent a letter with @ncacensorship and others last month after books were removed. /2 https://ncac.org/news/virginia-beach-toni-morrison-lawn-boy-banned
As the @coe Committee of Ministers meets this week, we reiterate urgent pleas to launch infringement proceedings against #Turkey for violating the @ECHR_CEDH ruling to #FreeOsmanKavala. Read about Kavala's detention and the #FreedomToWrite in Turkey: http://bit.ly/3xCK6kJ