Public Lives/Private Lives

I believe that one of the most problematic and fascinating conflicts of our time is the relationship between our intimate beliefs and our public life.How do our convictions give… More

On Public Lives/Private Lives

No poseo nada: ni casa, ni auto, ni habitación, ni una cama. Vivo de paso y de prestado.I own nothing: no house, no car, no room, not even a… More

On Public Lives/Private Lives

Pausing Outside a House Santiago, Chile 2005Here, where a ruin longsto be a house, and a houseto be left to ruin. Where men blindfolded studentsand pushed them downthe basement stairs. The… More

On Public Lives/Private Lives

Would you choose to bury the organs with the child? And he retreats to his room and closes the door. Here, birds in the zocalo whiz and tweet like children’s toys And… More

Public Lives/Private Lives

Surface Tension Scarified now but how? When we once heardparades from windows, swayed in artificiallyluminescent reeds under the Brooklyn Bridge,filled soaked corn husks with masa dough,glimpsed mouse-deer scamper on wish-thinlegs,… More

Public Lives/Private Lives

LaborMy handwriting is rough, a prisoner’s scriptedletter, the cropped fields and your winter handsfolding into my pockets for lack of gloves.I could go in any direction in this field… More

Clean Sheets

Prolific Dutch novelist and journalist Arnon Grunberg (Amsterdam, 1971) has done many things: win the same first-novel prize for a second time (pseudonymously as Marek van der Jagt), publish… More

CYAB Committee Visits New Orleans

As part of an ongoing relationship between the PEN Children’s Book Committee and the Martin Luther King School of New Orleans, author and photographer Susan Kuklin and author Elizabeth… More

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