July 9, 2010 Morgan Entrekin, a Nashville native and the publisher of Grove/Atlantic Inc. in New York, has been named to PEN American Center’s board of directors. This nonprofit is the U.S. affiliate—and largest branch—of PEN International, “the world’s oldest literary and human rights organization,” according to the PEN American website. PEN is perhaps best known for its annual high-profile literary prizes, which include the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/O. Henry Prize.
Entrekin has worked in publishing—including stints at Delacorte and Simon & Schuster—since 1977. He is now Publisher and CEO (and co-owner) of Grove/Atlantic. In the past thirty-plus years, he has worked with a veritable Who’s Who of contemporary authors, including Sherman Alexie, Samuel Beckett, Mark Bowden, Richard Brautigan, William Burroughs, Bret Easton Ellis, Anne Enright, Richard Ford, Donna Leon, Kenzaburo Oe, Jayne Anne Phillips, Harold Pinter, Kay Ryan, Tom Stoppard, and Kurt Vonnegut. Etrekin’s appointment to the PEN American board begins immediately.