upcoming events

Jul 27 2017
PEN America Town Hall Meeting in Pittsburgh
Join PEN America representatives Julie Trébault and Rebecca Stump in Pittsburgh to discuss new initiatives by PEN America, including the Artists at Risk Connection, new regional programming, and more! City Of Asylum President, R. Henry Reese, will be on hand to explore upcoming partnerships and initiatives between City of Asylum and PEN America.
Non-members who are curious about the benefits of PEN America membership and current members are invited to a Town Hall meeting. This is your opportunity to guide an open discussion of all facets of PEN and what sorts of programming you’d most like to see locally. We will discuss the upcoming regional programming expansion, local press freedom opportunities and the ARC program. 
The event is free and open to anyone interested in the realm of free expression, literature, and artistic freedom. RSVP here. 
A reception will follow this discussion, which will hopefully give attendees the chance to chat with representatives one-on-one. Please feel free to bring someone who you think could benefit from being a member of PEN America. 
40 W North Ave
15212 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Driving alone at night, the world’s pitch, black velvet 
stapled occasionally by red tail lights
on the opposite highway but otherwise mild 
panic when the eyes’ habitual check 
produces nothing at all in the rearview mirror,
a black blank, now nothing exists 
but the dotted white lines of the road, 
and the car

            Steamtown National Historic Site was created in 1986 to
            preserve the history of steam railroading in America,
            concentrating on the era 1850 through 1950.

We weren’t supposed to, so we did
      what any band of boys would do
& we did it the

We find out the heart only by dismantling what
the heart knows. By redefining the morning,
we find a morning that comes just after darkness.
We can break through marriage into marriage.
By insisting on love we spoil it, get beyond
affection and wade mouth-deep into love.
We must unlearn the constellations to see