Illustrated PEN

The Illustrated PEN aspires to be at the intersection of literature, journalism, and visual storytelling, where images and words come together in an ever-emerging and essential creative form. We feature fiction and nonfiction graphic narratives, comics journalism and illustrated reportage, stories of social justice, and personal stories that can’t be told through words alone.

This year, we have three guest editors—Robert Kirby, Meg Lemke, and Whit Taylor—who will be soliciting pieces from the cartoonists and graphic artists they most admire.

Present

By walking, you escape the very idea of identity, the temptation to be someone . . . to have a name and a history. Isn't being someone also a… More

Makers

"I feel like we raised the bar on history reports." "And puppet shows." "I could make puppets all day long." "That's cuz we're Makers, Tess." "Yeah, Makers." ... More

Scott County Memories

Once, when I was living in Denver, my good friend Jon Pinnow became obsessed with the state of Kansas. . . . So we made plans to take a… More

That Night

Home is where I want to be. Pick me up and turn me round. I'm just an animal looking for home. Share the same space for a minute or… More

I’m Not Here

"Feeling is impossible if we feel today as we felt yesterday: To feel today the same thing we felt yesterday is not to feel at all. Today we are… More

Day & Night For It

They brandished torches—the tiki kind you can buy at any big-box store for backyard barbecue—the kind that hold a well of flammable oil. They shouted… More

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