PEN Appeal: Zaw Thet Htwe

June 26, 2008 His Excellency U Myint Lwin Chargé d’Affaires Embassy of the Union of Myanmar to the United States 2300 S St. NW Washington, DC 20008 Fax: (202) 332-4351 Your Excellency, On behalf of the 3,300… More

The News

In the summer before the final caged summer I received the news. Actually I did not receive I took it, the way a kid takes his first spanking—with disbelief… More

The Man From Far Away

While clearing out his closet on the day he was to leave his home forever, my father, momentarily alert, unyieldingly stoic, and eighty-eight years at it, offers me an… More

A Felon and His Subconscious

CHARACTERSFelonFelon’s SubconsciousMotherBrotherUncleA Shop OwnerExThe setting is a dingy living room apartment. Stage left is a television with a sofa in front of it. A few tables and chairs and… More


I“Thank you,” Mary Brown said with a polite and sing-song cheerfulness, accepting the bill from the hand of old Mrs. Dowding. As her fingers touched in the price numbers,… More

Gulfisland Ferry Road

Little Joe hit Buster from behind with a three-foot section of galvanized steel, hit him so hard the single flat note of it echoed through the welding shop like… More

The Last Dream of Plaquemines

I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead,I lift my lids and all is born again.(I think I made you up inside my head)The stars go waltzing… More

Prison Walls

The light don’t shine for every in Prison by these steel beds. My heart is rock solid as concrete. I cry steel tear on the cloud day nothing… More

A Particular Sense of Peace

A particular sense of peace sits softly and silently inside.A piece (Peace) of you.A part of me.The walls we build around ourselves keep us locked inside the Prisons we… More

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