PEN Canada press release

Speaking up for Ethiopia in Rio

Ethiopia’s government is known for suppressing independent voices. It routinely jails journalists, opposition leaders, activists, and peaceful demonstrators.

From the Archives: A Writer’s Journey

Martha Kumsa came to Canada in 1991. As a journalist from Ethiopia, she had been held in prison under atrocius conditions for nine years and eight months before being released in 1989 with the help of PEN Canada. The following is a reflection on fractured identity, from being Oromo, to Ethiopian, to a Black writer in Canada.

Video Review: Camilla Gibb on her PEN Picks

On March 3, 2014, award-winning author Camilla Gibb hosted the second event in the PEN Picks series presented in partnership with Hot Docs, at which celebrated authors are invited to present a documentary of their choice.