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PEN Oakland pledges to do their utmost to dispel race, class and national hatreds, as well as to champion the ideal of one humanity living in peace in the world. Literature, though often national in origin, knows no frontiers. PEN stands for the principle of unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations, and members pledge themselves to oppose any form of suppression of freedom of expression in the country and the community to which they belong. In addition, through a series of symposia, we engage local and national media monitors in a dialogue so that greater understanding of non-traditional literature can be created and so that issues of censorship and stereotypes can be addressed. We hope that eventually reviews and criticism might come from a consciousness which understands the life out of which such works arise, and it is to that end that we present non-traditional literature and non-mainstream issues to the general public.


Part of the pleasure of receiving the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award for 1996 is that I can now think of myself as an honorary citizen of Oakland, not a sister-city, but a West Coast mate to Brooklyn, my old place.
Norman Mailer


From “The Blue-Collar PEN”

“FIGHTIN’ WORDS: 25 Years of Provocative Poetry and Prose”

PEN Oakland’s latest anthology is now available for purchase through Heyday Books.

The anthology includes the works of Paul Krassner, Kitty Kelley, Mona Lisa Saloy, Floyd Salas, Ishmael Reed, Michael McClure, Richard Prince, A.D. Winans, Norman Mailer, Herbert Gold, Rebecca Solnit, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, Francisco X. Alarcon, Eric Miles Williamson, Adam David Miller, Jack & Adele Foley, Francisco X. Alarcon, and many more. . .​


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