Author Archives: The Mark Program

About The Mark Program

PEN Center USA is a literary arts organization based in Los Angeles. PEN's mission is to stimulate and maintain interest in the written word, to foster a vital literary culture, and to defend freedom of expression domestically and internationally. The Mark is a rigorous manuscript finishing school for Emerging Voices alumni. The 2011 Poetry Cycle is now underway, and the participants are chronicling their experiences here.

Meet the Faculty

Each cycle of the Mark Program is guided by two faculty members, an instructor and an adviser. We are lucky enough to have Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Anna Journey at the helm of the 2011 Poetry Cycle.

Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia 
Earhart (Persea 2005) and Apocalyptic Swing (Persea 2009), which was
a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Award. She is the recipient
 of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and
 Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Woman
Writer’s Award and a fellowship to Civitella di Ranieri in Umbria. Her 
poems have been featured in the Washington Post and on Garrison 
Keillor’s Poet’s Almanac and in numerous journals. She is the poetry editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books and is on the advisory 
board of The Rumpus’ Poetry Book Club.  Along with gallerist Heather 
Taylor she curates the acclaimed reading series, Eating Our Words
. She lives in Los Angeles.

Anna Journey

Anna Journey

Anna Journey is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia 
Earhart (Persea 2005) and Apocalyptic Swing (Persea 2009), which was
a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Award. She is the recipient
 of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and
 Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Woman
Writer’s Award and a fellowship to Civitella di Ranieri in Umbria. Her 
poems have been featured in the Washington Post and on Garrison 
Keillor’s Poet’s Almanac and in numerous journals. She is the poetry editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books and is on the advisory 
board of The Rumpus’ Poetry Book Club.  Along with gallerist Heather 
Taylor she curates the acclaimed reading series, Eating Our Words
 (eatingrwords.com). She lives in Los Angeles.


What is The Mark Program?

PEN Center USA presents The Mark Program blog.

The Mark is a program designed for Emerging Voices alumni. We describe The Mark as a rigorous manuscript finishing school for those who have gone through the Emerging Voices fellowship and need to finish and/or prepare their manuscripts for publication. Each year the program offers two cycles, one for Fiction/Non-fiction, and one for Poetry. The 2011 Poetry Cycle is now underway. This is where our participants are writing their way through the Program! Learn about their workshop experiences, breakthroughs, writing exercises, and whatever else they choose to share. This is their journey towards a professional writing career.

More About The Mark

Three to four applicants are chosen for each cycle. A Project Defense, Mid-term Review, and Final Review are all mandatory components of the program. Following the first defense, the Mark faculty and PEN staff prescribe goals for the manuscript and a workshop schedule. The workshop meets every other week for eighteen weeks. Workshop sessions are three hours in length.

More About Emerging Voices

Emerging Voices is a literary fellowship program aimed at new writers who lack access to traditional writing programs and avenues of publication. Emerging Voices provides its fellows with the tools they will need to launch a professional writing career. All Mark participants must have successfully completed the Emerging Voices fellowship.