PEN American Center


PEN American Center is the U.S. branch of the world?s oldest international literary and human rights organization. International PEN was founded in 1921 in direct response to the ethnic and national divisions that contributed to the First World War. PEN American Center was founded in 1922 and is the largest of the 144 PEN centers in 101 countries that together compose International PEN.
Throughout its 85-year history, PEN American Center has remained a writer-centered organization in which members play a leading role. PEN presidents, such as Arthur Miller, Norman Mailer, Susan Sontag, and Salman Rushdie
have, and continue to place themselves at the forefront of the struggle to oppose censorship and defend writers.
Today, PEN American Center is comprised of 3,300 professional members who represent the most distinguished writers, translators, and editors in the United States.
The PEN Translation Committee has an ongoing commitment to promoting the recognition of American translators through public forums, awards, and the annual World in Translation Month celebration each May. The Committee
also works to uphold the rights of translators by appealing on behalf of those who are censored or persecuted, and through the initiatives of the Watchdog
Subcommittee, which monitors the publishing industry and media to ensure that translators are given full and public credit for their work.


– A subscription to PEN America, our award-winning journal
– Discounts to our public programs, including the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
– Access to medical insurance at group rates (not available in all states; Professional Membership only)
– Select invitations to exclusive Member-only receptions
– Discounted access to the online database Grants and Awards Available to American Writers, the most comprehensive directory of its kind
– A member profile on, where you can join an online
community of writers, editors, and readers


Student Associate Membership: $20
Professional Membership: Annual dues: $100

Contact Information

PEN American Center
PEN American Center
588 Broadway, Suite 303
New York, NY 10012
Associate Lara Tobin
Membership Associate
212-334-1660 ext. 126

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