March 18, 2018

Francine Prose Named PEN American Center President

By LJ Staff

The 3400-member PEN American Center has elected Francine Prose its new president, succeeding Ron Chernow. Prose previously has serve d as a PEN trustee and VP, and also co-founded the Core Freedoms Campaign for the group of writers, editors, and translators. "I’m thrilled and honored to assume the presidency of PEN," said Prose. "The work PEN does to advance literature and promote a world community of writers is perennially important. But our commitment to free expression – to guaranteeing the human rights and saving lives of writers throughout the world, protecting the freedom of journalists here and abroad, fighting governmental incursions on the privacy of readers, and working in prisons and schools – has never before seemed so important, and so profoundly necessary." Along with her writing career – she has worked in the novel, short story, and essay form – Prose teaches at Bard College and in the New School’s "Writing and Democracy" Program, both in New York.