The Pen Parentis Literary Salon is a unique Downtown series that shatters parental stereotypes as it celebrates the diverse creative work of writers that are also parents. On the second Tuesday of each month September through May, join us in lower Manhattan’s coolest spots.  Readings are followed by Q&A moderated by Pen Parentis founder M. M. De Voe and Salons curator Christina Chiu. Each event ends with mingling and book signings. Come join the fun!  Pen Parentis Literary Salons are a great place to meet book-loving neighbors as well as industry notables. You don’t have to be a parent or even a writer to enjoy these events – join us!

See below for details of location, who is reading next, and to RSVP!


PREVIEW OF UPCOMING READERS (mark your calendars!)


September 10: “Freedom” with Renee Simms, Virginia Hartman & Jess DeCourcy Hinds   —  VIEW SLIDESHOW!

October 8: “Alternative Lives” with Amy Edwards, Janice Eidus, and Randon Billings Noble

November 12: “Small Towns, USA” with Marie Lee, Jimin Han, and Keetie Kuipers


December 10: Season Closer – “All in the Family,” Donna Baier Stein and Huda Al-Marashi


January 14: Sarah Kain Gutowski, Diane Mehta, Len Lawson


February 11: “Flash Fiction” with Richard Peabody, Denise Long, and Jose De Pierola

March 10: “The Body” with David Ebenbach and Kathy Curto

April 14: Helen Schulman and Deborah Paredez

May 12: Season Closer with Gish Jen and Granville Wyche Burgess


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Small Towns USA – November’s Pen Parentis Literary Salon
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Award winning authors Marie Lee, Jimin Han, and Keetje Kuipers explore the theme of “Small Towns, USA” and read from latest work at the next Pen Parentis Literary Salon on Tuesday November 12th. The general public is welcome to add their voices to the discussion. Columbia MFA graduates, M. M. De Voe and Christina Chiu will moderate this exciting literary event.

Pen Parentis Salons are held in LMHQ’s main event space on the 20th floor of 150 Broadway, three blocks south of Fulton Street. Readings will be followed by a moderated roundtable and book signings. Refreshments are complimentary. The readings will be Livecast on, but the discussion will happen in-room only.



In addition, Pen Parentis will present a $1000 check to its newest Pen Parentis Writing Fellow, Anjali Vaidya, who will read her winning story. She is from San Diego, CA, and will be showcased and mentored by Pen Parentis for the next year. The award will be presented by screenwriter/performer Abby Sher, the first Pen Parentis Fellow, from 2010.


All featured writers are also parents. Pen Parentis is a 501c3 literary nonprofit that helps writers stay on creative track after starting a family. There is no admission charge, though a voluntary $10 donation to Pen Parentis is warmly appreciated (waived for those in need and supporting Title Members of Pen Parentis). We thank Poets & Writers and NYSCA for their continued support of these salons.

RSVP is strongly recommended: click here to get tickets. 

Transportation info: 2/3 A/C or 4/5 to Fulton Street; or R/W, E and Path to Cortlandt/WTC.

This PEN PARENTIS LITERARY SALON is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.