Join us for the 26th Annual PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Awards The ceremony, which will include brief readings by the winning authors, is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception and book signings.
PEN Oakland, founded in 1989, is a chapter of PEN USA and PEN International, begun in 1921. Dubbed "the blue collar PEN" by the New York Times, PEN Oakland annually sponsors the PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Book Awards, named for the late poet and faculty member of U.C. Berkeley's English Department. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the awards. Each year PEN Oakland presents an award to outstanding book titles published in the previous year. The Awards were created twenty-six years ago to honor writers of exceptional works often not acknowledged by the mainstream literary community. Judged by respected writers, the awards honor books that both reflect a multi-cultural or marginalized viewpoint and represent the highest standards of literature.