San Miguel PEN, one of the 145 centers of PEN International, the worldwide association
of writers with centers in 104 countries, exists to promote friendship and intellectual
cooperation among writers everywhere, fight for freedom of expression and represent
the conscience of world literature.
San Miguel PEN is in San Miguel de Allende, in the middle of Mexico on the high plateau.
It was created in 1979 as a center for English-speaking writers in Latin America
in hopes of unifying the English and Spanish linguistic communities within PEN. San
Miguel PEN promotes the Spanish language in all its work.
The PEN Writers in Prison Committee has been a focus of the San Miguel center for
over 20 years. In 2002 San Miguel hosted the PEN Writers in Prison Committee’s international
conference. This work involves answering countless calls for emergency action to
aid those in legal trouble for their writing, including prison and threats of death.
San Miguel PEN is also active in International PEN's Women Writers Committee, its
Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee, and the PEN Iberoamerican Foundation
(a regional organization).
San Miguel PEN sponsors local literary programs and a local scholarship program that
helps Mexican children with limited financial resources stay in school. It participates
in major Mexican literary events, such as the enormous yearly Feria Internacional
del Libro in Guadalajara. PEN members travel at their own expense to represent the
group at the United Nations and at international conferences.
San Miguel PEN sponsors an annual Winter Lecture Series to fund local activities
and help support the international organization.
Please visit these websites.
San Miguel PEN Center
San Miguel de Allende
CP 37700 Gto. Mexico
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San Miguel PEN in Istanbul, October 2008. left to right: Ugur Yagmurdereli, Pat Hirschl,
Lucina Kathmann, Esber Yagmurdereli (former prisoner, longtime adoptee of San Miguel
PEN), Elizabeth Starcevic, Tarik Gunersel (President, Turkish PEN)