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Mission Statement

Pen Parentis provides critical resources to writers to help them stay on creative track after they start a family. Becoming a parent does not ruin a writer's career! Pen Parentis is a federally recognized 501c3 nonprofit literary organization. We run a series of celebrated literary salons, an annual Writing Fellowship for New Parents, and many online and in-person networking and career-supportive events for writers who are also parents. We are honored to partner with many established businesses and nonprofits including Downtown Alliance, Andaz Hotels, various bookstores, The Church Street School for Music and Art in NYC, Mutha Magazine, Mom Egg Review, Paragraph Writing Space, 92Y, Asian American Arts Alliance, the Concert Artist Guild, Literary Manhattan, and many others. copy this link to see salons mission:


The arts world stigmatizes creatives who have opted to start a family. Pen Parentis, Ltd, provides critical resources to authors who balance a creative career with parenting, inspiring them to stay on creative track. Founder M. M. De Voe serves as executive director. Our Salons Curator, Christina Chiu, won the 2015 Wai Look Award celebrating diversity. We are an all-volunteer organization. We work for our passion for literature.

Our Literary Salons feature exemplary creative work by writing parents and break stereotypes associated with parenthood. This long running program is featured in the New Yorker, New York Times and TimeOut NY. We also offer an annual $1000 Writing Fellowship for New Parents, and provide opportunity for writer-parents to build private networking communities.

History: In 2009, the Pen Parentis After Work Reading Series began as a distinctive Manhattan literary event held in a Todd English venue. In running this series with a colleague, founder M. M. De Voe discovered a grassroots need for community among writing parents. Along with Founding Board members Emily Speer Ryan and Michael Del Castillo, she incorporated Pen Parentis in 2014 as a 501c3 and and began hosting Literary Salons in glamorous Andaz Wall Street featuring such celebrated parent-authors as Victor LaValle, Jennifer Egan, and Darin Strauss. They actively seek to be inclusive, and warmly welcome writing parents who are multiracial, multi-religious, parenting solo or through adoption, grandparents, teen moms, and LGBTQ. More details at


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by Natalia D. (September 9, 2019)
Working with founder was delightful. Wonderful cause, happy to contribute!