Our Mission

PEN/Faulkner’s mission is to champion the breadth and power of fiction in America.

Our Values

PEN/Faulkner is dedicated to the idea that fiction creates empathy within and among communities and advances civil discourse. American culture thrives when stories from diverse perspectives enrich our lives. To further these ideals, we cultivate a vibrant landscape for writers and readers of fiction both locally and nationally.

Our Team

Our Board Members

Emeritus Board of Directors

Honored Former Board Members

Conrad Cafritz
Thomas Caplan
H.G. Carrillo *
Stephen Goodwin

Nick Kotz *
Beverly Lowry
E. Ethelbert Miller
Azar Nafisi

Diane Rehm
Mary Lee Settle, Founder *
Susan Stamberg

Lou Stovall *
Mary Kay Zuravleff

* deceased

2023 Black Lives Matter Week of Action

Lakita Wilson sits on a chair in the front of the classroom, surrounded by a dozen third graders at her feet. The children are transfixed by her, listening as she explains the history of the Black...

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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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