Posts Tagged ‘PEN American Center’

Free the Hikers

Friday, August 21st, 2009

From New America Media: The families of detained journalists Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shour  have created a website seeking their diplomatic release as well as posting news and information about them as it filters in. Click here for more info.


PEN American Says Write a Letter, the WORD Accepts the Challenge

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Mailed August 14, 2009:

His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei and
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
c/o H.E. Mr. Mohammad Khazaee
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN
622 Third Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Fax: (212) 867-7086

Your Excellencies,


PEN American Center Effort to Free Journalists Detained in Iran

Friday, August 14th, 2009

“From the mass arrests of journalists and reform advocates to the violent suppression of peaceful demonstrations to the draconian restrictions on international and domestic media, it has been a harrowing summer for many of our colleagues in Iran—and an extremely discouraging one for all who support their right, and the right of all Iran’s citizens, to speak and write freely.

“PEN is working to win the release of all writers and journalists currently in prison in Iran, and to bring the voices of our Iranian colleagues before international audiences.”


PEN Update: Hannah Levine Scores

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

The PEN May 2, Event, The PEN Cabaret, featuring Laurie Anderson, Carrie Brownstein, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Patricia Clarckson, Steve Connell, David Conrad, Mark Z. Danielewski, James Franco, Peter Hirsch, Nick Laird, Walter Mosley, Parker Posey, Lou Reed, Sekou and Sean Wilsey, sold out weeks ago. But WORD writer Hannah Levine, who works for the Hunter Envoy as its Entertainment Editor and who blogs at  My Soul Is a Butterfly, had been for several weeks feverishly hoping as well as feverishly persisting to get access even though we guessed the odds were a 1,000 to one.

I got this email from her last night: “I am ecstatically happy.”