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Prison Writing Award Winners: 2018

Every year, hundreds of inmates from around the country submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and dramatic works to PEN America’s Prison Writing Contest, one of the few outlets of free… More

2017 Cumhuriyet Trials

Joint Statement on the Cumhuriyet Trial

The verdict in the Cumhuriyet trial is a further severe blow to free expression in Turkey. Without freedom of the press to report on the government there is no… More

Drilled

I asked the director of College Mental Health Services for advice on leading a classroom discussion on Parkland...  More

Gun Climate

My son snored next to me while I read ... “All classes and activities have been cancelled. We are investigating a potentially serious threat made against the campus and… More

We Could

In 2012 I had my own class of first graders at a small private school just outside Washington, D.C. On December 14 of that same year, 20 first graders… More

How Not to Draw Guns

Boys will sometimes ask how to draw a gun. In 10 years of teaching comics, a girl has never asked. Boys even ask me this in classrooms once occupied… More

False Choice

My daughter has had many stellar teachers, the kind who would put their kids' safety before their own. I can't stand the thought of those teachers acting as human… More

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