World Poetry Day, marked each year on 21 March, is an opportunity to celebrate poetry, the power and creativity of language and to promote reading, writing, publishing, and teaching poetry throughout the world. PEN International uses this day to highlight the great challenges poets face across the globe simply for their work.
Each year PEN focuses its campaigning on behalf of poets who have paid a high price for their poetry and ask Centres, PEN members and supporters to take action on their behalf. Our Centres around the world mark day with readings, events, press conference and focused campaigning on individuals cases
This World Poetry Day, PEN International is focusing our campaigning on the poets Aron Atabek imprisoned in Kzakhstan, Amanuel Asrat imprisoned in Eritrea, Dareen Tatour under house arrest in Israel and Liu Xia under house arrest in China.
Take action for Aron Atabek here
Take action for Amanuel Asrat here.
Take action for Dareen Tatour here
Take action for Liu Xia here