Jordanian Poet Denied Entry to U.S.

On September 27, 2014, Jordanian-British Poet Amjad Nasser was denied permission to board a plane bound for New York, where he was to inaugurate the new Gallatin Global Writers… More

Revenge for My Protest?

Forty-five minutes before departure the microphone crackled, the decision on my case was made known, and the woman told me abruptly and without emotion that my entry into the… More

Visas Denied to Artists

As an organization devoted to a free exchange of literature and ideas around the world, PEN was pleased to receive assurances from the State Department last year that the… More

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

Fighting Ideological Exclusion in South Africa

South African PEN is protesting the South African government’s failure to issue a visa to the Dalai Lama to attend fellow Nobel Peace Prize recipient Desmond Tutu’s private 80th… More

Advocate’s Visa Delay Stirs Questions

Kerim Yildiz, a leading human rights advocate for the Kurdish people, was for two decades a frequent visitor to the United States. A British citizen living in London, he… More