The Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj to Launch New PEN America Series on Muslim Identity
Amid a presidential campaign cycle infused with anti-Muslim sentiment and high profile hate crimes, PEN America is launching a...
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...
Art is a Form of Encryption: Laura Poitras in Conversation with Lynn Hershman Leeson
"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...
Two Poems by Nicole Callihan
BY Nicole Callihan
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...
Millions of taxpayer dollars have been allotted to immortalizing the glory of those who fought to preserve slavery, yet few are willing to speak out for a man who died to end slavery. More »
An attempt was made. I told S that we are not / the sum total of our mistakes. I said it / as I believe I am the sum total of my mistakes. / I consulted Lisa Robertson for guidance: / “The truth is, everything that isn’t poetry bores me.” / I think this must be true because some days / I state its opposite. More »
"Love. I know it's cheesy but I am obsessed with love and how it shapes a reality between two individuals, a reality that others sometimes cannot fully perceive but can sense because of how the lovers' energies interact with one another. I think about romantic love every day, unless I'm sick or something." More »
Now, I have always loved the sea. I save whom I can. A baby be damned without a mother. A mother be damned without her child. A man be damned without a country. A country be damned without a people. A nation of no one trickle north and the long arm of empire it whips back. I am a good swimmer. I’ve always loved the sea. More »
PEN America remains committed to defending free expression, elevating marginalized voices, and fostering dialogue across boundaries. More »
PEN America asked some of the country and the world's prominent writers of all backgrounds to share with us their short reflections on lessons learned during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. More »