Partner Pick

The PEN Pod: An Interview with Parnaz Foroutan

“Parnaz was born in Iran and fled during the Iran/Iraq War. In this episode of PEN America’s daily podcast, she reflects on why the experience of immigrant writers is so vital right now to understanding resilience amid crisis.”
– Stephen Fee, Director of Communications

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Every month we highlight a guest curator. This month’s curatorial partner, PEN America, was founded in 1922 to champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. PEN America works to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others. PEN America’s strength is its Membership – a nationwide community of more than 7,200 novelists, journalists, nonfiction writers, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, agents, and other writing professionals, as well as devoted readers and supporters who join with them to carry out PEN America‚Äôs mission. Learn more at