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Pen Parentis provides critical resources to writers to help them stay on creative track after they start a family. Becoming a parent should not ruin a writer's career! Pen Parentis is a federally recognized 501c3 nonprofit literary organization. We run a series of reknown literary salons, an annual Fellowship, 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 Andaz Hotels, various bookstores, The Church Street School for Music and Art in NYC, 92Y, Asian American Arts Alliance, the Concert Artist Guild, Literary Manhattan, and many others.
A stereotype exists in the arts world stigmatizing creatives who have opted to start a family. Our nonprofit, Pen Parentis, Ltd, provides critical resources to authors who balance a creative career with parenting--to help them stay on creative track. Our celebrated Literary Salons feature the diversity of creative work by writing parents--we want to break the stereotypes associated with parenthood. M. M. De Voe serves as executive director, with Emily Speer as founding treasurer, and Michael Del Castillo as founding secretary. Our Salons Curator, Christina Chiu, won the 2015 Wai Look Award celebrating diversity.
In addition to our long running Salons program featured in the New Yorker, New York Times and Time Out NY, we offer an annual $1000 Writing Fellowship for New Parents, and the opportunity for authors who are parents to build online 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. Discovering a grassroots need for community among writing parents, Pen Parentis incorporated as a 501c3 and now holds Literary Salons in the beautiful Andaz Wall Street. In November 2015, we expanded to LA. Events are free and open to the general public. We feature such celebrated parent-authors as Victor LaValle, Jennifer Egan, and Darin Strauss; we actively seek to be inclusive, featuring writing parents that are multiracial, multi-religious, and/or LGBT. More details about the organization and our events at penparentis.org