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Proud to Be an Afghan Girl

The Afghan Women's Writing Project is a platform for Afghan women to develop their voices and discover their power in the world without the filter of the media… More

Larry Siems about NSA and Digital Surveillance

What kind of harm really comes from the surveillance exposed by Edward Snowden and other activists? We need to know more, says Larry Siems, director of PEN America's… More

Qatar Authorities Thwart PEN Prison Visit with al-Ajami

PEN representatives were denied access to jailed poet Mohammed al-Ajami this week after Qatar’s highest court upheld the poet’s 15-year sentence on Monday. Al-Ajami remains in solitary confinement two… More

PEN Protests Kerim Yildiz’s Visa Delay

Kerim Yildiz, a British citizen and leading human rights advocate for the Kurdish people, has been waiting more than nineteen months for a visa to travel to the United… More

The Humbug

"The Philosophy of Composition” is a lovely little essay, but, as Poe himself admitted, it’s a bit of jiggery-pokery, too. More

Spill Split

I am sentimental, but continue to be surprised by how quickly an event, while / retreating into the past, gains its nostalgia. More