PEN America

About PEN America

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

PEN America is the largest of more than 100 centers of PEN International. For more than 90 years, we have been working together with our colleagues in the international PEN community to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to make it possible for everyone to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others. In doing so, we are building on a tradition begun in the years following World War I and carried forward by thousands of American writers.

Our strength is our membership—a nationwide community of novelists, journalists, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, agents, and other professionals, and an even larger network of devoted readers and supporters who join with them to carry out PEN America's mission.


development intern

May 2023 - August 2023 New York City, NY
“I liked the work environment and culture, had a great team who were always ready to help!”

Prison and Justice Writing Intern

September 2022 - May 2023 New York City, NY
“I liked the amount of responsibility I was given and the opportunity to directly communicate with clients via mail. I was given extensive, hands-on insight into how mail is used to censor people in prison. ”
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