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.

Incognegro

In the early 20th century White went undercover, posing as a white man in the deep south to investigate lynchings. More

Not Funny Ha-Ha

There were women of all ages, colors, backgrounds. Some looked scared, some were chatting with other women. Some were silent. More

Next World Tarot

A visual spectacle of both the battle cry and the reconnection between outcasts and their criminalized identities. More

#Snowflake

I remember that horrible feeling on election night, when it became clear things were rapidly going south. More

Weekend After

I grew up in the deep south during segregation. It was the worst racism and discrimination. But we fought and we didn’t let ourselves become hopeless. More

Sickness

Is there anyone with any actual power who will stand up for us? Any Republicans with a shred of conscience? Any democrats with a shred of spine? More

Precious Time

There’s nothing like losing your country when you’re little to help you see NATIONALISM as the strange and unnatural thing that it is. More

Identity

From every corner they emerge, those who want to punish us for simply existing. More

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