Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • LGBTQ+
  • Women


176 BROADWAYNEW YORK CITY, NY 10038 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Pen Parentis helps writers stay on creative track after having kids. We are a federally recognized 501c3 nonprofit literary organization that runs 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. Recent recipients of a NYSCA two-year grant, we have been frequently funded by New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs and Poets & Writers Magazine. 2018-2022 Platinum Status.


Because the arts world stigmatizes creatives who have opted to start a family, Pen Parentis 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, and has moved online for the duration of the pandemic. We also offer an annual $1000 Writing Fellowship for New Parents, and provide opportunity for writer-parents to build grassroots networking communities in our Cycle of Support.

We 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 about us at


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

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