Our Mission

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation celebrates literature and fosters connections between readers and writers to enrich and inspire both individuals and communities.

Our Values

We are dedicated to the notion that our culture thrives when stories from a diverse variety of perspectives enrich our daily lives and when no voices are excluded from our conversations.

We believe the written word plays an essential role in contributing to civil discourse and in creating empathy within and among communities.

Our Team

Our Board Members

Directors Emeriti

Mary Lee Settle, Founder

Jackson Bryer
Conrad Cafritz
Thomas Caplan
H.G. Carrillo

Molly Elkin
Stephen Goodwin
Patricia Griffith
Mary Haft
Nick Kotz
Willee Lewis
Joanne Leedom-Ackerman

Beverly Lowry
Tracy McGillivary
E. Ethelbert Miller
Azar Nafisi
Frazier O’Leary
Lisa Page
George Pelecanos
Diane Rehm

Susan Shreve
Susan Stamberg
Katherine Field Stephen
Lou Stovall
Deborah Tannen
Mary Kay Zuravleff

Mary Lee Settle, Founder

Conrad Cafritz
Thomas Caplan
H.G. Carrillo
Stephen Goodwin
Nick Kotz
Beverly Lowry
Tracy McGillivary
E. Ethelbert Miller
Azar Nafisi
Frazier O’Leary
George Pelecanos
Diane Rehm
Susan Shreve
Susan Stamberg
Lou Stovall
Mary Kay Zuravleff

Revisiting the Literary State of the Union

At our Literary State of the Union event, we had the good fortune of hearing from several DC-area writers in response to the following prompt: "What Does Being a Writer Teach Me about the State of...

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