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Each year, the festival needs volunteers to help with our many amazing events and various venues. The only way we can have successful events is with the generous help from our invaluable volunteers. We welcome you to join us this year as the festival returns to an in-person experience.

If you would like to volunteer at the 2022 festival, please go to
There are many roles for volunteers, who help us make the festival run smoothly for authors and audiences. Our most successful festival volunteers bring flexibility, a willingness to pitch in, and a positive spirit.
There are a variety of shifts available and several positions available for each event.

This year, with attention to health and safety, we require that all volunteers be fully vaccinated (authors and audience will also be asked to follow COVID 19 safety protocols), agree to wear masks, and be respectful of others’ space. We accept volunteers who are 18 years of age or older, and provide a short mandatory training session, which will be held virtually.

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Mission Statement

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.


Founded in 1922, PEN America is the largest of the more than 100 centers worldwide that make up the PEN International network. PEN America works to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others. Our strength is our Membership-a nationwide community of more than 7,500 novelists, journalists, nonfiction writers, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, agents, and other writing professionals, as well as devoted readers and supporters who join with them to carry out PEN America’s mission.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Arts & Culture
Advocacy & Human Rights, Arts & Culture, International


Wed May 11, 2022 - Sat May 14, 2022


Multiple locations New York, NY 10012




  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least one 4-hour shift.
  • Proof of Vaccination will be required for all volunteers.

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