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...
We launched the Illustrated PEN in the spring of 2015 with the graphic novel Baddawi, by Chicago-based Palestinian artist and organizer Leila Abdelrazaq. The series aspired to be at the intersection of literature, journalism, and visual storytelling, where images and words come together in an ever-emerging and essential creative form.More »
I like depressive because it’s both adjective and noun, a depressive person or just a depressive. A state of being that is fixed, a relation to the world, a point to which one may return. Better than “depressed” which seems temporary, like being “tired” or “hungry.” Better than “suffering from major depression.” The remove at which language keeps the problem. More »
"Still don't know why Trump says "African" *pause* "American."(Same with LGBTQ) As if he's never said those words in that order before!" More »
"The writer is responsible for what he writes. I'm old fashioned and think that the writer is responsible for making us more responsible and keeping words alive so we can reply when we're asked about life. And death. I think the writer must never submit to any ideology, but always keep her independence in order to maintain the power to criticize power." More »
Teju Cole, Rita Dove, Porochista Khakpour, Neil LaBute, Theresa Rebeck, and others from the literary community weigh in on Bob Dylan's Nobel win. More »
In 'The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks: Life and Death under Soviet Rule,' award-winnng illustrator Igort details the assassination of Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist and human rights activist who spoke out against Vladimir Putin and the Second Chechen War, and the Holodomor, the government-sanctioned famine in Ukraine in 1932. More »
Who to call when you get robbed // or hit with a bat. Who else to feed the dogs / of entropy & personal choice, the price // we pay to live decent, which / is to say, far from the stench // of the dead & the dying interlocked, unintelligible / with all that gold in their mouths. More »