January 13, 2018

A LONG CURVING SCAR WHERE THE HEART SHOULD BE will be celebrated by PEN USA – the leading human rights literary champions of American publishing – along with other books by PEN members published in 2017. An RSVP is required for this Friday January 19, from 6:00 – 8:00PM at the Sean Kelly Gallery, 475 Tenth Ave, NYC for this annual celebration of our newest members and the work of PEN America Members published in 2017. Hosted by John AvlonNicole Dennis-Benn, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Saeed Jones, Alexandra Kleeman, Idra Novey, Larissa Pham, sam sax, and Jenny Zhang, the New Members New Books party will be a rousing celebration of the PEN America literary community. 

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.

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