The PEN Ten

The PEN Ten with Aleksandar Hemon

The role of the people in any democracy is to drive their leaders crazy with demands. Ask not what you can do for your country, but what it must… More

The PEN Ten with Marge Piercy

Even very dangerous books are worth reading, if only to know my enemy. I don’t think anybody has the right to censor another person’s ideas. More

The PEN Ten with Melissa Febos

We wield a lot of power, even when we don’t recognize it. Sometimes I think we’d rather not recognize it. We can’t afford to indulge that particular laziness anymore. More

The PEN Ten with Saul Williams

"It is the challenges we pose to ourselves that bring the greatest honesty, lucidity, imagination, directness. I consider my responsibility as a poet as something related to the journalist,… More

The PEN Ten with Alex Berenson

Nonfiction writers—reporters of all stripes, historians, biographers—have to start and end with the truth as their lodestar. The truth is a painful master. It blinks and hides, disappears entirely,… More

The PEN Ten with Min Jin Lee

Whether in fiction or nonfiction, I want to be a fair and emotionally truthful writer. Also, I think I should tell a story worth the reader’s time and attention. More

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