The second edition of PEN’s Freedom to Write Index sees an alarming jump in writer detentions from 238 detainees in 2019 to at least 273 in 2020, in 35 countries.
The annual presentation of literary awards and career achievement honors was produced digitally for a second year.
In Thursday’s program, special honorees are George C. Wolfe, Anne Carson, Daniel Alexander Jones, Kwame Dawes, and Pierre Joris.
From these finalists for the PEN America Literary Awards, winners will be announced on April 8 and receive a total of more than US$380,000.
PEN’s new ‘Safety Guide for Artists’ outlines issues, protocols, and resources for those working for freedom of expression and publication.
‘James Baldwin didn’t have to go out and get votes,’ says Barack Obama in a taped interview in the PEN America gala.
Based in PEN’s long-running program of writing mentorship for prison inmates, the new prize recognizes four pairs of mentors and mentees .
First rolled out during the 2018 US midterm elections, the ‘Book the Vote’ program offers voter information and political literature.
The IPA Prix Voltaire-winning author and former spokesperson is reported to have been arrested in Ho Chi Minh City.
Following Jennifer Egan in the post, the playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar takes up the PEN America presidency in December.