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.

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

Lara Croft Was My Family

I often think about how, as a family, we watched dad play every Tomb Raider game? That was fun wasn't it?? "Please save after this please save please..." More

Dias de Consuelo

My mama put me into a school and I would run home during the afternoon break. Then I would cook lunch and get dinner ready while my classmates ate… More

Everything is Flammable

They remind me of the ghost cats. Does anyone else experience ghost cats? That feeling where, just as you're falling asleep, cats seem to walk across you... More

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