Join us for the PEN/Faulkner Anniversary Gala on September 24, 2018


PEN/Faulkner Anniversary GalaTickets and Sponsorships Now Available!

We cordially invite you to attend the PEN/Faulkner Gala on Monday, September 24, 2018. This year marks the 30th anniversary of this special event, a unique evening in Washington, DC, that celebrates important voices in contemporary literature and supports arts education right here at home in our city’s schools. Those who attend will have the opportunity to experience performances of original work written especially for this occasion, preceded by a cocktail hour in the elegant Great Hall and followed by a formal seated dinner in the Reading Rooms of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

In keeping with the historic significance of this anniversary, we are featuring ten writers who are all former finalists and winners of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the PEN/Malamud Award. These acclaimed authors will be joined on stage by two DC students, the winners of our citywide essay contest that is an annual part of our Writers in Schools programming. This year all who take the stage will speak in their own words on the theme of “Magic,” a theme full of exciting possibility, inviting us to look beyond the realities of day-to-day life, or seek out the extraordinary moments that can be found hidden within the everyday.

The writers who will be joining us this year are David Bradley, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Kate Christensen, Michael Cunningham, Karen Joy Fowler, James Hannaham, Lorraine López, ZZ Packer, Joan Silber, and Tobias Wolff.

Every year, PEN/Faulkner furthers its mission of bringing literature to life for diverse communities by honoring American writers of contemporary fiction with its annual awards, including the largest peer-juried award for fiction in the United States; by bringing writers from around the nation and the world to venues across DC to engage in publicly accessible readings and conversations on current issues; and by sponsoring the Writers in Schools program, which donates books and arranges author visits to DC’s public and charter school classrooms as part of our commitment to developing the next generation of readers and writers.

The Gala is our major annual fundraiser, and proceeds from the evening support the vital work we do all year long. Your support means everything in continuing the successful impact of our public and educational programming. Sponsorship and ticketing information can be found on the following page.

Please join us at 6:30 pm on September 24 at the Folger Shakespeare Library for what promises to be a magical and historical evening in support and celebration of the extraordinary power of words!

Please visit bit.ly/PFGALA2018 to purchase tickets or sponsor the Gala online, or contact us by email at rsvp@penfaulkner.org or by phone at 202.898.9063 to make reservations and donations. Donation checks can be mailed to:
PEN/Faulkner Gala
641 S Street, NW
3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20001

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

PEN/Faulkner Anniversary Gala Sponsorship Levels

Premier Partner – $100,000
($97,790 tax-deductible)

  • Up to 6 seats in premier placement (or a table and up to 10 seats) at the Gala
  • Featured prominently on all Gala materials
  • Featured prominently in the Gala printed program
  • Four complimentary tickets to six 2018/2019 Literary Conversation events
  • Featured prominently on 2018/2019 Literary Conversation series printed programs
  • Invitation to four Founding Friends private luncheons with authors
  • Featured prominently on Founding Friends printed programs
  • Featured prominently on the PEN/Faulkner website and donor listings for a full year
Gold Sponsor – $75,000
($72,890 tax-deductible)

  • Up to 4 seats in premier placement (or a table and up to 10 seats) at the Gala
  • Featured on Gala promotional materials
  • Featured in the printed program at the Gala
  • Four complimentary tickets to five 2018/2019 Literary Conversation events
  • Featured on 2018/2019 Literary Conversation series programs
  • Invitation to two Founding Friends private luncheons with authors
  • Featured on Founding Friends printed programs
  • Featured on the PEN/Faulkner website and donor listings for a full year
Silver Sponsor – $50,000
($48,140 tax-deductible)

  • Up to 4 seats in premier placement (or a table and up to 10 seats) at the Gala
  • Featured on Gala promotional materials
  • Featured in the printed program at the Gala
  • Two complimentary tickets to five 2018/2019 Literary Conversation events
  • Featured on 2018/2019 Literary Conversation series programs
  • Invitation to two Founding Friends private luncheons with authors
  • Featured on the PEN/Faulkner website and donor listings for a full year
Bronze Sponsor – $35,000
($33,290 tax-deductible)

  • Up to 2 seats in premier placement (or a table and up to 10 seats) at the Gala
  • Featured on Gala promotional materials
  • Featured in the printed program at the Gala
  • Two complimentary tickets to two 2018/2019 Literary Conversation events
  • Featured on 2018/2019 Literary Conversation series programs
  • Featured on the PEN/Faulkner website and donor listings for a full year
Faulkner Fellow – $25,000
($23,340 tax-deductible)

  • Up to 2 seats in premier placement (or a table and up to 10 seats) at the Gala
  • Recognition on Gala promotional materials
  • Recognition in the printed program at the Gala
  • Two complimentary tickets to one 2018/2019 Literary Conversation event
  • Recognition on the PEN/Faulkner website and donor listings for a full year
Literary Lion – $10,000
($8,390 tax-deductible)

  • A table of up to 8 tickets and seated with an author*, or a table of up to 10 tickets to the Gala
  • Recognition on Gala promotional materials
  • Recognition in the printed program at the Gala
  • Recognition on the PEN/Faulkner website and donor listings for a full year
Benefactor – $5,000
($3,390 tax-deductible)

  • A table of up to 8 tickets and seated with an author*, or a table of up to 10 tickets to the Gala
  • Recognition on Gala promotional materials
  • Recognition in the printed program at the Gala
  • Recognition on the PEN/Faulkner website and donor listings for a full year
Patron – $2,500
($1,695 tax-deductible)

  • Up to 5 tickets to the Gala
  • Recognition on Gala promotional materials
  • Recognition in the printed program at the Gala
Muse – $1,000
($840 tax-deductible)

  • 1 ticket to the Gala
  • Recognition in the printed program at the Gala
Friend – $600
($440 tax-deductible)

  • 1 ticket to the Gala (or 2 tickets for $1000)

LGBTQ+ Book List for June + the other 11 months

Pride Month is drawing to a close, but it doesn’t have to be June to read, enjoy, and celebrate literary works by LGBTQ+ authors! Here’s a list of some award-winning contemporary books by LGBTQ+ writers to drop in your checkout bin.

Her Body and Other Parties (2017) by Carmen María Machado. In Her Body and Other Parties, a National Book Award finalist, Carmen María Machado traverses genre boundaries to make a strange and unforgettable debut story collection. The ways Machado explores violence against women in her stories are, by turns, experimental, queer, funny, horrific, and absurd.

Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life for Girls Who Dig Girls (2016) by Lindsay King Miller. Having written the advice column “Ask a Queer Chick” since 2011, Lindsay Miller brings us a compilation of her best and most interesting advice, à la Cheryl Strayed, for LGBTQ women. Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life for Girls Who Dig Girls is her first book.  

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family (2015) by Amy Ellis Nutt. A remarkable true story that follows the journey of a transgender girl, her identical brother, and the family that adopted them as they learn to understand, nurture, and celebrate their daughter’s transformation.

The Teahouse Fire (2006) by Ellis Avery. Set in late nineteenth century Japan, this historical novel tells the story of the Japanese tea ceremony and how Aurelia, an American orphan, enters this world. Aurelia is taken in by the Shin family and ends up falling in love with the family’s daughter, Yukako.

Juliet Takes a Breath (2016) by Gabby Rivera is a coming of age novel about Inga Muscio, a Puerto Rican girl living in the Bronx, and her journey about coming out to her family. After receiving a less-than-warm response to her sexuality, she decides to go to Portland, Oregon to find herself.

Less (2017) by Andrew Sean Greer. Arthur Less, a failed novelist about to turn fifty, skips town in order to avoid his ex-boyfriend’s wedding. Running away from his problems is the only thing he can do.  When the wedding invitation arrives in the mail, Less can’t say yes – it would be too awkward – and he can’t say no – it would look like defeat. Instead of accepting the invitation, he accepts a series of invitations to half-baked literary events that take him all around the world. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.

Black Deutschland (2016) by Darryl Pinckney. Jed, a young, black, gay man fresh out of rehab, flees his city and travels to Berlin as an expatriate to escape white America. While Reagan and the AIDS crisis dominate national news back in the US, Jed explores the troubled city of his nostalgic fantasies, falling in with a range of people on the margins of Berlin society, and finding that there are some aspects of his life back in America that follow him despite the distance.

I Am J (2011) by Cris Beam. In her debut novel, Cris Beam shows us the inner life of J, a teenager on the ever-elusive path to self-acceptance. As J decides to stop hiding his true identity, he grapples with the varying degrees of approval from the people closest to him, even facing abandonment from his best friend. More than just a crucial elevation of trans voices in YA fiction, I Am J gives us a magnetic protagonist whose life is affected, yet not entirely defined, by gender and expression.

Mundo Cruel (2010) by Luis Negrón. In this debut short story collection, Luis Negrón explores some of the most transgressive and intimate aspects of gay life in Puerto Rico. In nine monologue-style stories, Negrón introduces us to the eccentric and compelling characters that comprise this small but dynamic community, and writes beautifully of its highs, lows, humor, and incredible heart.

The Tower of the Antilles (2017) by Achy Obejas. Achy Obejas’s protagonists in The Tower of the Antilles, a 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Finalist, deal with what it means to leave home through a distinctly Cuban lens. As Obejas weaves themes of borders, separation, and belonging through the 10 stories of the collection, she explores complicated visions of Cuba from the perspectives of people who can no longer call it home. While The Tower of the Antilles is Obejas’s most recent work, she has been an important voice in the Latina lesbian literary community for decades.

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.

 

PEN/Faulkner 2017-2018 Season

We are pleased to share with you our exciting lineup of events for the 2017-2018 season. After thirty extraordinary years with the Folger Shakespeare Library, we are excited to expand our reading series to new locations in the city. Come join our Literary Conversations to hear today’s writers read their work and engage in discourse on today’s issues, with each event individually ticketed (or free to attend) and held at a different venue. We look forward to seeing you! Click here for more information on all events.

 

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.

Announcing the 2017 PEN/Malamud Award Winner

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is pleased to announce that Jhumpa Lahiri will receive the 2017 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story in an Award Ceremony & Reading held at the Folger Shakespeare Library on December 8th, 2017.

Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of four widely acclaimed works of fiction: Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland; and two works of nonfiction: In Other Words and The Clothing of Books. She translated the novel Ties by Domenico Starnone from the Italian. She has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize; the PEN/Hemingway Award; the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; the Premio Gregor von Rezzori; the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature; a 2014 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama; and the Premio Internazionale Viareggio-Versilia.

Click here for more information about the PEN/Malamud Award.

DC – 2017 PEN/Faulkner Summer Supper & Book Club – DEADLINE EXTENDED

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DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Our DEADLINE for applications is now Friday, June 9th, 2017! Please complete the Summer Supper & Book Club Application — by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 9th, 2017!.

Summer is almost here, and while the school year is coming to a close (!), our Writers in Schools programming is not! Join us for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Foundation Summer Supper & Book Club and spend your summer reading great books, eating pizza and having invigorating conversations with local DC authors.

What is the Summer Supper & Book Club? 

The 2017 Summer Supper & Book Club, an initiative of PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools program, will provide students with free copies of contemporary literature and the opportunity to meet and discuss those books with the authors who wrote them. The program will also provide an informal dinner and supplementary materials to participating students. Students familiar with our Writers in Schools Program will notice many similarities (and a few pleasant surprises) between our Summer Supper & Book Club and Writers in Schools Programming.

When:

Sessions start Monday, June 19, 2017 and run every Monday evening from 5:30 — 8:00 p.m. (6/19, 6/26, 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31) through Monday, July 31, 2017.

Where:

The Summer Supper & Book Club will meet
at Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital in Eastern Market
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE  |  Washington, DC 20003
Accessible by Metro, just 1.5 blocks from the Eastern Market station and Pennsylvania Ave. Bus lines.
{Click here for Map}

Apply Here:

Interested students must complete the Summer Supper & Book Club Application — by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 9th, 2017.

Note: Students must be in the class of 2018, 2019, 2020, or 2021

Questions? Email PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools Program Director Greg Langen: glangen@penfaulkner.org

The program is entirely FREE.