PEN American Center


Founded in 1922, PEN American Center (PEN) is an association of writers working to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship. PEN is comprised of 4,000 professional members who represent the most distinguished writers, translators, and editors in the United States. PEN also welcomes Advocate Members who come from all parts of the literary community - booksellers, librarians, students, passionate readers - and who share PEN's ideals. PEN American Center is the U.S. branch of the world's oldest international literary and human rights organization, International PEN. Our programs promote writing and literature at every level and are founded on the belief that free expression is an essential component of every healthy society.

How Your Donation Helps

28.3% of your car donation will go toward helping Pen American Center Inc. with their project: Free Expression Programming.

23.6% will go toward the project: PEN World Voices Festival.

11.6% will go toward the project: Literary Awards.



  • Literary activities

Tax Status

IRS Classification: 501(c)(3) Public Charity established 1992

Your donations to Pen American Center Inc. are tax deductible.

Grouping: Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).

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