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...
because in those days / our boys / the boys that were a part of me / of my life / were the ones who went to the slaughter / to slaughter and be slaughter / the smallest most forgettable generation of us / or who came back from the war like Paul Hidalgo / and drove his red Chevy truck one too many times into the cane / and was chased by state troopers / and dogs / barefoot / through it / his name tattooed across his back More »
"For 10 years after Worm-Eaten Light was banned, Pavel couldn’t write poetry even if he’d wanted to because it had lost its meaning in new reality of normalization. Through my translation, he recovered that part of his original self he’d thought had been lost forever." More »
"Since I can’t be the only cultural producer to fail to name the mechanism of their own silencing in the moment, this sets up an interesting possibility: that the suppression of political expression by figures of authority—a conservative definition of censorship—is not always recognizable." More »
What this poet calls slippery, what I call smart. Like it matters, like I’m not / pulling rent money out of a dog’s ass. // I was wrong. I want everything. I want to be fucked like the wife who waited / for her soldier’s return, fucked: the island, the sand, the nymph, / the lust that strands him. More »
"Of 260 respondents, 117 say they have had work published by someone else or a publishing house, or have published their own comics. Of our 117 respondents, 21 claim to have been censored and 96 claim they have not been censored. The following is a list of reasons why they believe they have been censored." More »
"In The Color Purple lies the truth, in its pages lie glorious, flammable ideas: how many fires could be lit with the simple, indomitable truth that a Black girl in the American South is human?" More »