The Silencing of Writers: Saudi Arabia

By Nick Patricca On the Rue Saint-Jean in the Place d’ Youville just inside the Gate to the Old City of Quebec, a young woman stands in silence with three young children at her side. A large photo of a man stands next to them. BADAWI is printed on the left side at the bottomContinue reading “The Silencing of Writers: Saudi Arabia”

PEN Pregunta, Mexico City, February 22, 2015

PEN Pregunta was a public protest held on 22 February 2015 in Mexico City and organised by PEN Mexico, with the participation of more than 30 authors. The writers – from Mexico and other countries – were seated alphabetically, and each given one minute to ask a question or series of questions to the MexicanContinue reading “PEN Pregunta, Mexico City, February 22, 2015”

PEN protests the rise of anti-LGBTQ legislation

by Nick Patricca At the 81st PEN World Congress this October in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, the delegates of the General Assembly of PEN International, the largest world-wide organization of professional writers, passed Resolution #20 protesting the anti-LGBTQI legislation enacted recently in 75 nation-states. The 250 delegates from 80 PEN Centers from 70 countries andContinue reading “PEN protests the rise of anti-LGBTQ legislation”

Sandra Cisneros looks back as a writer in search of home

Sandra Cisneros, legendary author and San Miguel PEN member was interviewed by Jeffrey Brown on the PBS Newshour on October 29. She mentions her latest nesting place in San Miguel, since her new book, A House of My Own: Stories From My Life, is about her search for home. Asked about her best selling firstContinue reading “Sandra Cisneros looks back as a writer in search of home”

Rochelle Cashdan, an active member of PEN

Rochelle Cashdan, an active member of PEN, died after heart surgery in Cleveland on the 22nd May. This is a passage from her son’s blog which you can read in its entirety here. ‘She moved to Guanajuato and used it as her home base the rest of her life. It’s a magical town set in aContinue reading “Rochelle Cashdan, an active member of PEN”

Report on the 2015 PEN Americas Summit and PEN Pregunta

The 2015 PEN Americas Summit took place in Mexico City from 21-26 February 2015 and included the public event PEN Pregunta. The Summit was attended by delegates from the three Mexican Centers (Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende and Guadalajara), PEN Guatemala, PEN Honduras, PEN Nicaragua, PEN Brazil, PEN Argentina, German PEN, Japanese PEN,  AmericanContinue reading “Report on the 2015 PEN Americas Summit and PEN Pregunta”

Volunteering for San Miguel PEN

A guest blog by Laura di Giuseppe, who volunteered for San Miguel PEN in January-February 2015. “I’ve always been fascinated by international literature and thought that if we only read literary works created in our own country we wouldn’t be able to understand foreign cultures. The importance of literature in translation and protecting minority languagesContinue reading “Volunteering for San Miguel PEN”

Elizabeth Rosner talks in San Miguel

Elizabeth Rosner gave a fascinating talk yesterday, February 3 in Bellas Artes auditorium as part of the PEN’s 2015 series. She spoke about her heritage and legacy as the daughter of Holocaust survivors. She mentioned how difficult it was for her parents – and in particular for her father – to accept that she wanted toContinue reading “Elizabeth Rosner talks in San Miguel”

San Miguel PEN presents Christine Wade

Christine Wade spoke at the third PEN conference of 2015 on Jan 27th. Revolutions are fought, constitutions are crafted, countries are founded, and Christine’s fascinating talk tries to answer important questions: who wins? whose history do we remember and study today? Not ordinary folks, not women, not the indigenous, not the enslaved, not the poor.Continue reading “San Miguel PEN presents Christine Wade”

It’s Midnight in Mexico with Alfredo Corchado and Angela Kocherga

Alfredo Corchado and Angela Kocherga were the protagonists of the second talk in the PEN series which took place on Jan 20th, 2015. You can listen to the full lecture here. Alfredo Corchado is the Mexican Bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, where he has worked for over 20 years. Earlier, he reported for variousContinue reading “It’s Midnight in Mexico with Alfredo Corchado and Angela Kocherga”