Founding Friends



Founding Friends is an adjunct group of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation run by Willee Lewis and Katherine Field Stephen, offering 8 special literary luncheons once a month and one evening event in June.

All donations to Founding Friends support the PEN/Faulkner Award, one of the foremost awards for American literature, our Reading Series of eight to ten public readings in Washington, D.C., and Writers in Schools, which brings writers and free copies of their books to more than 2,000 public and public charter high school students in the District of Columbia.

Founding Friends includes literary luncheons featuring prominent writers, as well as get-acquainted gatherings for the members. Eight luncheons are held throughout the year, and there is an evening event for all members in June. Membership renewals are based on the month a member joined.

Email with any questions, or call our office at 202-898-9063. Thank you for your support!