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Break Out: Celebrating the 2023 PEN Prison Writing Awards

Join PEN America’s Prison and Justice Writing Program for Break Out, a celebratory book launch for the anthology, Thank the Bloom: 2023 PEN Prison Writing Awards

Break Out is an annual community-centered staging of compelling cross-genre literary works by currently incarcerated writers. The selection of readings will be performed by a dynamic cadre of authors, actors, and activists that will be announced soon.

For over 30 years, thousands of imprisoned writers from around the country submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and dramatic works to the yearly PEN Prison Writing Awards, one of the longest-running outlets of free expression for the country’s incarcerated population.

Break Out 2023 is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided.