Last Chance! 2017 Literary Awards Submissions Close August 15
In 2017 PEN will confer over $250,000 to writers and translators in the fields of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, drama, and poetry.
Women in Translation Month: Moving Toward Parity
BY Alex Zucker
If our reading skews overwhelmingly male, we miss out on what half the world has to say, in terms of both story and style.
Women in Translation Month: Books by Women That Have Won the PEN Translation Prize
BY Alta L. Price
This year, as a contribution to Women in Translation Month, created by Meytal Radzinski in 2014, the PEN America...
Two Poems by Laura Eve Engel
BY Laura Eve Engel
In the opposite of woods, in the red ever, I am hungry and you are. // I used to have this job, the bodies entered all at once in a line, towing their essentials. / Workers left, as I, it’s hard to...
The PEN Ten with Stephen Graham Jones
BY Natalie Diaz
Stephen Graham Jones is many things, among them an incredible writer and story teller, as well as a Blackfeet Indian. The momentum of his prose drags you through the aches and loves and nights and...
These are the things I did with the stick: / chewed it, waved it to the sky, poked myself / in the eye, pretended it was a daisy, pretended / it was an orchid, a tulip, lily, cigarette, / made it into a gun and shot my brother, nudged my brother to make sure he was dead, / nudged my brother to make sure he wasn’t dead More »
In the final two posts of the series, we expand the concept to feature the books translated by women that have won the PEN Translation Prize and the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. More »
"There are certain people who don’t encrypt their e-mail, so we just create a coding system. Perhaps we are talking about having lunch at a certain restaurant, when in fact we are talking about meeting to do NSA research. It is a way to use codes to communicate." More »
These works of literature have been judged to represent the finest writing by women worldwide, brought into English—from Russian, French, Polish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Spanish, Pashto, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, German, Lithuanian, Swedish, Korean, Italian, and Chinese—by the most skillful translators in the field. More »