About Us

Judith Hill, President, San Miguel PEN

Judith Hill, President, San Miguel PEN

San Miguel PEN, one of the 145 centers of PEN International, the worldwide association of writers with centers in 104 countries, exists to promote friendship and intellectual cooperation among writers everywhere, fight for freedom of expression and represent the conscience of world literature.

San Miguel PEN is in San Miguel de Allende, in the middle of Mexico on the high plateau. It was created in 1979 as a center for English-speaking writers in Latin America in hopes of unifying the English and Spanish linguistic communities within PEN. San Miguel PEN promotes the Spanish language in all its work.

Our Programs:

The PEN Writers in Prison Committee has been a focus of the San Miguel center for over 20 years. In 2002 San Miguel hosted the PEN Writers in Prison Committee’s international conference. This work involves answering countless calls for emergency action to aid those in legal trouble for their writing, including prison and threats of death.

San Miguel PEN is also active in International PEN’s Women Writers Committee, its Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee, and the PEN Iberoamerican Foundation (a regional organization).

San Miguel PEN sponsors local literary programs and a local scholarship program that helps Mexican children with limited financial resources stay in school. It participates in major Mexican literary events, such as the enormous yearly Feria Internacional del Libro in Guadalajara. PEN members travel at their own expense to represent the group at the United Nations and at international conferences.

San Miguel PEN sponsors an annual Winter Lecture Series to fund local activities and help support the international organization.

Our officers:

Judyth Hill President
Sharon Steeber Vice-President
Juani Onstott Recording Secretary
Robert Broughton Corresponding Secretary/
Webmaster
Nicholas Patricca Treasurer (dollars)
Lucina Kathmann Treasurer (pesos)
Elizabeth Starcevic President Emerita
Víctor Sahuatoba Vice-President Emeritus

Committee Chairs:

Freedom to Write Committee Tony Cohan
Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee Gustav Murin
Women Writers Committee Lucina Kathmann
Lecture Series Committee Pat Hirschl

 

A scene from the 2016 Lecture Series. Diana is a member of the Tixinda Co-op of indigenous women. The presentation of Patrice Perillie about this co-op included a weaving demonstration.

A scene from the 2016 Lecture Series. Diana is a member of the Tixinda Co-op of indigenous women. The presentation of Patrice Perillie about this co-op included a weaving demonstration.

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