PEN America’s 2022 Literary Awards judges join a long tradition of esteemed writers and PEN America members committed to recognizing their contemporaries, from promising debut writers to those who have had a continuous, lasting impact on literary excellence. The judges this year hail from across the world and represent a wide range of disciplines, backgrounds, identities, and aesthetic lineages, and are award-winning writers themselves. Learn about the judges here. Khadijah Queen, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Rigoberto González, and Jaquira Díaz will judge the PEN Open Book Award. This award goes to an exceptional book-length work of any literary genre by an author of color and the recipient receives a fully funded artist residency at Civitella.