17: PEN Voices

PEN Voices celebrates the work done at PEN American Center in the past year, promoting literature and defending freedom of expression nationally and internationally. With events from the World Voices Festival, selections from Literary Award winners, previews from PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant recipients, work from the Prison Writing Program, and adapted favorites from PEN.org, this issue brings together fiction, essay, poetry, art, and conversation from all parts of the PEN world. Featuring work from Earl Lovelace, Jamaica Kincaid, André Aciman, Gina Apostol, Sherman Alexie, Eileen Myles, Sergio De La Pava, Orhan Pamuk, Simon Critchley, Liu Xia, and many more.



Earl Lovelace, A Story in Which I Look Good
Gina Apostol, The Salt of Ancient Error
Jean Ferry, translated by Edward Gauvin, On the Frontiers of Plaster
Martín Adán, translated by Katherine Silver, Meridian by Meridian
Albert Vigoleis Thelen, translated by Donald O. White, Doppelgänger Syndrome
Carmiel Banasky, Witch
Sergio De La Pava, Body Language
Antonio Tabucchi, translated by Elizabeth Harris, Tracing a Circle


Layli Long Soldier, WHEREAS
Jorge Santiago Perednik, translated by Molly Weigel, The Shock of the Lenders
Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Embrace the Night and Get Thee Gone
Raúl Zurita, translated by Daniel Borzutzky, The Country of Planks
Li Shangyin, translated by Chloe Garcia Roberts, Za Zuan: Lists
Vasily Kamensky, translated by Eugene Ostashevsky and Daniel Mellis, Tango with Cows
Liu Xia, translated by Ming Di and Jennifer Stern, Black Sail
Lutz Seiler, translated by Alexander Booth, Autumn
Wang Xiaoni, translated by Eleanor Goodman, Seeing the Ocean from a Night Flight
Plus: Linguistic Disobedience, adapted from the World Voices Festival event “Bravery In Poetry”


Collages by Claude Ballaré
Photography by Beowulf Sheehan

Graphic Narrative

Sabrina Jones and Mark Mauer, Color-Coded Justice


Jamaica Kincaid and Ru Freeman, A Hot Thorn
Deji Olukotun with David Rosen and Aaron Santesso, From Prospero to PRISM
Sherman Alexie with Barbara Jones and Deji Olukotun, On Being Banned

Nonfiction, Essay, and Memoir

Kevin Young, The Shadow Book
Larry Siems, A Surveillance Time Machine
Christopher Myers, Letter to My Grandnephew
George Prochnik, The Amnesiac
David Frakt, Closing Argument: Guantánamo
Zou Jingzhi, translated by Jeremy Tiang, Bright Red
Matt Bell, Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead
Vaddey Ratner, The Ghosts Beside Her
Arthur Longworth, Wheeled Fortress
Timothy Small, Insufficient Address
Amy Wilentz, I Have Seen This Tree Before
Jean-Euphèle Milcé, translated by Christine Schwartz Hartley, Haiti: Yesterday and a Moment Ago

A Tribute to C.P. Cavafy

Orhan Pamuk, Elsewhere
C.P. Cavafy, The City
André Aciman, Alexandria Irrealis
Daniel Mendelsohn, Learning to Lose
Mark Doty, The Blood of Love


Simon Critchley, Memory Theater
Andrew Solomon, Sleep