PEN USA: Dissident Poets
PEN USA and the Hammer present an evening of poetry inspired by the events that transpired in Iran this past summer. In association with Iranian-American poet Sholeh Wolpé, author of "I Am Neda," PEN USA has collected dozens of poems by prominent poets in support of those who speak out for freedom around the world. These submissions address injustice and hope for change in the future. A series of poets and actors will read from the collection, with live musical accompaniment.
PEN USA is a community of writers defending freedom of expression and building a literary culture. Its mission is to stimulate and maintain interest in the written word, to foster a vital literary culture, and to defend freedom of expression domestically and internationally.
Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss.
Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and the Hammer Programs Committee.