Three Years after the Quake

Saturday will mark three years since the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed an estimated 300,000 people. PEN, too, was affected by the tragedy, as PEN Haiti's director Georges… More

PEN Visits South Africa

I just returned from a fabulous trip to South Africa, where I traveled on behalf of PEN American Center with the poet Cathy Park Hong as part of our… More

Hojjatoleslam Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari | Status: Released | Iran

Eshkevari was released from prison on February 6, 2005. He was freed after serving two-thirds of his seven-year jail term. A condition of his release is that Eshkevari will… More

Nasser Zarafshan | Status: Released | Iran

Nasser Zarafshan was released on March 15, 2007. Zarafshan is reportedly now in good health and is the secretary of the Iranian Writers Association. According to January 2014 reports,… More