Send a Holiday Greeting to a Writer in Prison

By | December 9, 2014 at 1:19 am | One comment | News | Tags: , , , ,

Every year, in December, members of the PEN community come together to write messages of solidarity, support and hope to their fellow writers imprisoned or killed for practicing their right to free expression. This year, our suggested writers come from Bahrain, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, the Tibet Autonomous Region, Ethiopia, Iran, Russia, Rwanda, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. 

Write to an Imprisoned or Persecuted Writer this Holiday Season

Postcards to writers.

Postcards we sent to writers last year.

This holiday season, PEN invites our members and supporters to send greetings to imprisoned and persecuted writers. These words of hope can go a long way in raising morale and providing comfort in a time of need. In the words of Iranian writer Faraj Sarkohi:

“I have not been alone. Not in prison, nor on the torture bed, nor when they announced my death sentence. PEN was with me. I was rescued from prison and death. Where do I belong in exile? To nowhere except literature, the only concern that remained for me. To nowhere except PEN, the only family that remained for me.”

If you would like a copy of the address list for this year so that you can seen a holiday greeting to a writer, please contact Pari Rajagopalan at

Image from The Stamp Collector by Jennifer Lanthier, illiustrated by François Thisdale. 

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