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Featured image is a save the date for the PEN Center USA Awards.

Nick Offerman Will Host 2017 PEN Center USA Literary Awards Festival

At this year’s 27th Annual PEN Center USA Literary Awards Festival, writers from all across the book spectrum will be celebrated.

The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on October 27. Along with the judges (listed below), PEN has announced that Ron Swanson himself (Nick Offerman, that is) will host the ceremony. Margaret Atwood, hot off the success of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” will receive a lifetime achievement award.


Picture of Nick Offerman which makes him look silly and old-fashioned.

Image courtesy of Her Campus


So, without further ado, here are the judges for each category:


  • Chris Abani
  • Alex Espinoza
  • Jervey Tervalon

Creative Nonfiction:

  • Dinah Lenney
  • Thomas Page McBee
  • Elizabeth L. Silver

Research Nonfiction:

  • Simone Browne
  • Lillian Faderman
  • Dan Slater


  • Natalie Diaz
  • Saeed Jones
  • Richard Siken

Young Adult:

  • Kami Garcia
  • Brendan Kiely
  • Bill Konigsberg


  • Jennifer Croft
  • Elisabeth Jaquette
  • Idra Novey


  • Maria Bustillos
  • Daniel Hernandez
  • Edward Humes


  • Diana Burbano
  • Ruth McKee
  • Chelsea Sutton


Featured image courtesy of PEN Center USA