Fall 2018 Internship Opportunities at PEN/Faulkner

Love literature, the arts, and education? Want to learn how a nonprofit operates from the ground up? The PEN/Faulkner Internship program is perfect for you if you answered yes, and we are currently looking to fill four positions for the Fall of 2018. 

  • Writers in Schools Internship
  • Spanish Language & Latinx Communities Internship
  • Literary Events Internship
  • Media and Outreach Internship

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Announcing the Winner of the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction!

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction winner is Joan Silber for her novel Improvement (Counterpoint Press)!

Congratulations again to the four finalists:

Hernán Diaz for In the Distance (Coffee House Press)

Samantha Hunt for The Dark Dark (FSG Originals)

Achy Obejas for The Tower of the Antilles (Akashic Books)

Jesmyn Ward for Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner)

Tickets for The 38th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony & Reception are still available!


About the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award Winner:

JOAN SILBER
Improvement
(Counterpoint)

Joan Silber is the author of eight books of fiction. The most recent, Improvement, has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction and listed as one of the year’s best books by the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Newsday, the Seattle Times, and Kirkus Reviews.  Her previous book, Fools, was longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Other works include The Size of the World, finalist for the LA Times Fiction Prize, and Ideas of Heaven, finalist for the National Book Award and the Story Prize. She lives in New York and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program.

About the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalists:


HERNÁN DIAZ
In the Distance
(Coffee House Press)

Hernan Diaz is the author of In the Distance (Coffee House 2017) and Borges, Between History and Eternity (Bloomsbury 2012), managing editor of RHM, and associate director of the Hispanic Institute at Columbia University. He lives in New York.

SAMANTHA HUNT
The Dark Dark
(FSG Originals)

Samantha Hunt is the author of The Dark Dark: Stories, and three novels: Mr. Splitfoot, The Invention of Everything Else, and The Seas. Hunt is the recipient of a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Prize and she was a finalist for the Orange Prize. She teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and lives in upstate New York.

ACHY OBEJAS
The Tower of the Antilles

(Akashic Books)

Achy Obejas is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ruins, Days of Awe, and three other books of fiction. She edited and translated (into English) the anthology Havana Noir, and has since translated Junot Díaz, Rita Indiana, Wendy Guerra, and many others. In 2014, she was awarded a USA Ford Fellowship for her writing and translation. The Tower of the Antilles is her latest work.

JESMYN WARD
Sing, Unburied, Sing
(Scribner)

Jesmyn Ward is the author of the novels Where the Line Bleeds, Salvage the Bones, which won the 2011 National Book Award, and Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner, 2017), which won the 2017 National Book Award and which will be published in paperback on May 8, 2018. She is also the editor of the anthology The Fire This Time (Scribner, 2016) and the author of the memoir Men We Reaped, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. From 2008-2010, Ward had a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. She was the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi for the 2010-2011 academic year. In 2016, the American Academy of Arts and Letters selected Ward for the Strauss Living Award. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2017. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University. She lives in Mississippi.


About the 2018 Judges:

Andrea Barrett is the author of six novels, most recently The Air We Breathe, and three collections of stories: Ship Fever, which received the 1996 National Book Award, Servants of the Map, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and, most recently, Archangel.

Stacey D’Erasmo is the author of the novels Tea, a New York Times Notable Book, and A Seahorse Year, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year and a Lambda Literary Award winner. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and Ploughshares. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction, she is currently an assistant professor of writing at Columbia University. She lives in New York.

Alex Espinoza
was born in Tijuana, Mexico. He came to the United States with his family at the age of two and grew up in suburban Los Angeles. Author of the novel Still Water Saints, he received an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. A recipient of the Margaret Bridgman Fellowship in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Espinoza is currently an associate professor of English at California State University, Los Angeles.

Buy Copies of the Books from Politics & Prose:

Politics and Prose logoOur longtime friends and partners at Politics & Prose will be on hand to sell copies of books by this year’s finalists and winner, and we encourage you to check out the store’s huge selections of books and amazing lineup of live events by visiting them online here: http://www.politics-prose.com/

 

Call Me By Your Name: An Evening with André Aciman

Join us for this exciting evening with André Aciman, author of Call Me By Your Name, as he discusses his critically acclaimed novel, particularly in the context of the Oscar-winning movie adaptation!

André will be joined by Spencer Kornhaber, culture critic at The Atlantic, for a moderated discussion on literature in the context of film, crafting a queer love story, and maybe even André’s cameo performance in the film. You won’t want to miss out on this talk!

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience, and an exclusive book signing for those who purchase the VIP ticket package! This includes a copy of the book, provided by Politics and Prose Bookstore.

Tickets are on sale now! VIP Packages are limited in number, so make sure you grab yours before they sell out!

 

Photo by Sigrid Estrada

André Aciman is an American essayist and New York Times bestselling novelist originally from Alexandria, Egypt. He teaches Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of City University of New York. He is the author of Out of Egypt: A MemoirFalse PapersAlibis, and four novels: Call Me by Your NameEight White NightsHarvard Square, and most recently Enigma Variations. He is the co-author and editor of Letters of Transit and of The Proust Project. Aciman is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a fellowship from The New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. A contributor to The New York TimesThe New YorkerThe New RepublicThe New York Review of Books, he has also appeared in several volumes of Best American Essays. He lives with his wife in Manhattan.

 

Photo by Daniel Lombroso

Spencer Kornhaber writes about culture and popular music for The Atlantic, where he has been on staff since 2011. A native of Dana Point, California, he now lives in Boston.

2018 Award for Fiction

Announcing the 2018 Award for Fiction finalists:

Hernan Diaz for In the Distance (Coffee House Press)

Samantha Hunt for The Dark Dark (FSG Originals)

Achy Obejas for The Tower of the Antilles (Akashic Books)

Joan Silber for Improvement (Counterpoint)

Jesmyn Ward for Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner)

Read more about the finalists here. Purchase tickets for the 38th Award for Fiction Ceremony here.

Internship Opportunities at PEN/Faulkner

The PEN/Faulkner 2018 internship program is now open.

We are currently looking to fill two internship positions:

  • Writers in Schools Internship
  • Programs and Development Internship

The Writers in Schools Internship will focus on our Writers in Schools outreach program, which brings contemporary literature into DC public and public charter schools. We provide free books for students and coordinate class visits with the authors, fostering conversation about their works and their careers as writers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Helping coordinate author visits
  • Organizing past and current literature and information, and assisting in the evaluation of this large, expansive arts outreach program
  • Working closely with the Writers in Schools Program Director to analyze program data and draw meaningful conclusions on the strength and vitality of the program
  • Implementing new processes for tracking, archiving, and analyzing program and evaluation data
  • Researching DC area public and public charter schools to 1) understand the populations we serve and 2) adapt our program to better meet the needs of our local communities
  • General copywriting & administrative tasks

The ideal candidate has:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • An interest in education and in art-based outreach programs
  • The ability and drive to work independently and as part of a team
  • A passion for literature
  • A good sense of humor

The Programs and Development Internship will focus on outreach, marketing, and research, centered around our public literary events and projects. These projects include our ongoing programs, such as smaller book clubs, author talks, and joint events with DC partner organizations.

Responsibilities include:

  • Research on contemporary authors for upcoming literary events
  • Organization and categorization of PEN/Faulkner archival materials
  • Basic graphic design for both print and online material
  • Content generation for multiple social media platforms
  • Development research, to include identifying potential underwriters for public events
  • General copywriting & administrative tasks

The ideal candidate has:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Some experience with graphic design and social media
  • An interest in outreach or marketing
  • The ability and drive to work independently and as part of a team
  • A passion for literature
  • A good sense of humor

These internships are open to high school students, college and graduate students, and recent graduates. For college or graduate students, we expect a commitment of around 10 hours a week, as well as the ability to receive school credit for your time. Scheduling is flexible. Our office is located in the WeWork Wonder Bread building near the Shaw-Howard University Metro station.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resumé to applications@penfaulkner.org.

 

Make Words Matter! Support PEN/Faulkner this #GivingTuesday

Today PEN/Faulkner is participating in Giving Tuesday, a national day of generosity when communities come together to support the causes they believe in. Help us do even more this coming year to bring books to life and make literature accessible to everyone.

Here’s an idea of what your donation can make happen:

  • $25: Help a DC public school student attend a public literary event
  • $50: Buy materials for the 2018 DC Essay Writing Contest workshop
  • $100: Provide lunch for 3 Teen Parent Book Club sessions
  • $500: Donate books to 25 Writers in Schools students
  • $1000: Fund an entire Writers in Schools visit, including author travel and honorarium
  • $5000: Cover the venue cost for a public Literary Conversations reading series event in 2018

Donate to PEN/Faulkner

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at Cardozo Education Campus

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at Cardozo Education Campus

BELONGING: The 29th Annual PEN/Faulkner Celebration

BELONGING: The 29th Annual PEN/Faulkner Celebration
Monday, October 16th, 2017  |  6:00 PM

NEW LOCATION: The Showroom | 1099 14th Street, NW

On Monday, October 16th, 2017, PEN/Faulkner will hold its 29th Annual PEN/Faulkner Celebration at THE SHOWROOM in downtown Washington, DC. This annual event supports the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and our Writers in Schools programming, and features some of today’s finest authors reading works composed especially for the occasion.

This year acclaimed authors André AcimanRanda JarrarGish JenAlexander MaksikImbolo MbueAlexandra PetriRion Amilcar ScottAkhil SharmaHannah TintiD. Watkins and Master of Ceremonies Calvin Trillin will take to the Showroom’s stage to present work written on the theme of BELONGING.

Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m. and the reading program starts at 7:00 p.m. The program will be followed by a dinner reception with chef stations featuring food prepared by local chefs.

Please note that this is no longer a seated event, and that it is no longer black tie. Tables are no longer available for purchase.

Individual tickets to the event are $500. For more information, or to purchase tickets, email rsvp@penfaulkner.org or call the PEN/Faulkner office at 202-898-9063. Tickets are also available for purchase online.

You can also listen to readings from previous PEN/Faulkner Celebrations as episodes of the PEN/Faulkner Podcast. Episode 21 comes from 2013’s “Renewal” Gala, Episode 34 comes from 2014’s “Danger” Gala, and Episode 47 features 2015’s PEN/Faulkner Celebration on the theme of “Spark.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Named 2nd Annual Eudora Welty Lecturer

Award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will deliver the second annual Eudora Welty Lecture on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C. Inspired by Eudora Welty’s lectures on One Writer’s Beginnings, the Eudora Welty Lecture is an original talk on the topic of a writer’s creative origins. The program is presented by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and the Eudora Welty Foundation.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Photo by Wani Olatunde

 

Now Accepting Submissions for the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is now accepting submissions for the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction!

This year’s judges, Alex Espinoza, Stacey D’Erasmo, and Andrea Barrett, are poised to read the novels, novellas, and collections of short stories and to choose next year’s winner and finalists.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Books must be published in 2017.
  • Authors must be living American citizens.
  • Books must be published on an American commercial, academic, or small press. No self-published books are accepted.
  • There are no submission fees or application forms.
  • Bound proofs are eligible for submission for books which will be published in November or December of 2017.
  • All submissions must be post-marked October 31, 2017.

Please send FOUR copies of each book to the following address for forwarding to the judges. You are invited to send as many shipments as you like, and are encouraged to send available books as soon as possible.

PEN/Faulkner Award Submissions
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

The award was founded by members of the international writers’ organization PEN and is now governed by an independent foundation board. The budget for the award and its administration is funded by gifts and grants. We are always grateful for support of the award and of other PEN/Faulkner programs.

The winning writer and four finalists are honored at a ceremony held in Washington at the Folger Shakespeare Library in May, 2018. To browse a list of past winners and finalists, click here.

If you have any questions regarding the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, please send them to awards@penfaulkner.org.