Danish PEN is a branch of International PEN, and the membership consists of writers and disseminators of the written word: writers, journalists, translators, editors and publishers.
International PEN was founded in London in 1921. Promoter, Catherine Amy Dawson-Scott, described the organization as "a republic of words that would bring together the nations. " PEN is a contemporary of the League of Nations (forerunner to the UN), and there are clear commonalities in spirit and purpose.
Pens goal is to fight for freedom, wherever it is exposed to threats, to create understanding among writers of any nationality, working for the preservation of world literature.
Danish PEN was founded in the 30s and cooperate with the International Pen on all areas of common interest - and on your own when it comes to pure Danish issues.
Pen name is an acronym for the words Poets, Playwrights, essayist, editor & novelist - as it says in the International PEN Charter. It is also the name of the author's main tool, pen.