What We Love | PEN/Faulkner Reading Series & Awards


The PEN/Faulkner Reading Series brings noted American and international writers to Washington, DC to present eight to ten public fiction readings in the Elizabethan Theater of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Readings are followed by a reception and book signing where audience members may meet visiting writers and engage in lively conversation about literature. This program brings diverse voices of literary excellence to the Washington, DC region and allows reads an opportunity to meet with the minds behind their favorite works.

Read below for more details about this years Reading Series, or to purchase tickets to upcoming PEN/Faulkner events. You can also subscribe to the Reading Series and attend events at a reduced price.



PEN/Faulkner is a nonprofit literary organization that believes in deepening readers’ connection to writing through public events, in-school education, and public promotion of exceptional literary achievement.

Click below for more information about our programs:

The PEN/Faulkner Reading Series

Held in conjunction with the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, this series brings leading authors together for public readings and discussions of their work.

Writers in Schools

Each year we work with educators to bring local and international authors into DC public and public charter high schools for engaging talks about their work. 

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

This national prize honors the year’s best published works of fiction by American citizens.

The PEN/Malamud Award 

Named after Bernard Malamud, this annual award honors excellence in the art of the short story.

The Editors