Wednesday, August 24, 2011

PEN News: August 19, 2011‏

PEN News: August 19, 2011‏

American Centre


Join PEN and The New School for an Evening with Liao Yiwu

Poet and novelist Liao Yiwu, one of China’s most censored writers, makes his first U.S. appearance in nearly two decades. He joins us on the eve of the publication of his new book, God Is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China. [Purchase tickets today]


Announcing the 2011 PEN Literary Awards Recipients

PEN is pleased to announce the winners and runners-up of the 2011 PEN Awards, the most comprehensive literary awards program in the country. Among the 17 awards, fellowships, grants, and prizes totaling nearly $150,000 are one revived and three new awards. [More]

U.N. Calls for Release of Liu Xiaobo

A U.N. panel comprised of independent legal experts ruled that 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo—currently serving an 11-year sentence—and his wife, Liu Xia—under de facto house arrest—are being held in violation of international law, and calls on China to release them immediately. [More]

PEN Finds Success and Silence During China Trip

Last month a small group of representatives from PEN American Center and PEN International visited Beijing and Hong Kong, and learned firsthand about some of the frustrations that artists and writers in China are facing today. [More]

PEN World Voices Joins the Word Alliance

The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature joins the six other international literary festivals of the ground-breaking Word Alliance, a collaboration which aims to present the best authors to international audiences at events across the world. [More]


Recently at the Daily PEN American: lessons from a “homonym spelldown” with Jonathan Franzen, a chat with Kimiko Hahn and new U.S. poet laureate Philip Levine, a long-lost conversation with James Baldwin, and tips on how to survive 23 years in prison. Coming up: readings and talks with Amber Flora Thomas and Gabrielle Calvocoressi, a conversation with exiled Chinese writer Zhao Qing, and excerpts from the 2011 Translation Fund recipients.

Introducing Two New, Ongoing Poetry Series

While the Poetry Relay aims to trace the topography of influence that connects contemporary poets to their peers and predecessors, the PEN Poetry Series, curated by guest editor Ben Mirov, publishes fresh new work by emerging and established writers, and delivers it to your inbox twice a month. [More]

Susan Bernofsky to Serve as Guest Translation Editor

Starting in September, Susan Bernofsky, widely considered one of the best English translators of German literature, will begin a stint as guest translation editor for The Daily PEN American. Until then, you can read her dispatches from the world of literary translation. [More]


Sept. 15–18:
PEN at the Brooklyn Book Festival

October 12:
PEN Literary Awards Ceremony

November 1:
PEN New Members/New Books Party

BECOME A MEMBER Writers can now apply for PEN membership after the publication of their first book or after producing one work in a professional setting.

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A number of internship opportunities at PEN are available starting in the fall. Learn how you can get involved with promoting literature and defending free expression.

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