Founding Friends

Founding Friends is an adjunct group of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation run by board members Willee Lewis and Katherine Field Stephen. Founding Friends members gain access to literary luncheons featuring prominent writers, as well as fun gatherings where members can get acquainted. Six luncheons are held throughout the year, culminating in a seventh evening event in June.

All donations to Founding Friends support the PEN/Faulkner Award, one of the foremost awards for American literature; our Literary Conversation events; and Writers in Schools, which brings writers and free copies of their books to more than 3,500 public and public charter high school students in the District of Columbia.

If you would like to join Founding Friends, you can make your donation here. Email with any questions, or call our office at 202-898-9063. Thank you for your support!