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PEN Podcast: Margaret Atwood Reads “The Tent” and “A Poor Woman Learns to Write”
Canadian poet, novelist, critic, essayist, and environmental activist Margaret Atwood attempts to answer the question "Does writing change anything?"
Secret Sources: A Conversation with Edward Snowden
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden spoke to PEN's Executive Director Suzanne Nossel via Skype about whistleblowing and questions of conscience.
Secret Sources: Whistleblowers, National Security, Free Expression Panel Discussion
NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Radack of ExposeFacts' Whistleblower & Source Protection Program, journalist James Risen, and Susan Glasser of Politico debate the impact of the Obama...
Watch: PEN DIY with Molly Crabapple
PEN welcomed artist, journalist, and activist Molly Crabapple for a fierce talk titled "How to Draw the Elephant in the Room."
PEN Podcast: Reimagining the Mainstream Panel Discussion
Gregory Pardlo, Willie Perdomo, Saeed Jones, and Cate Marvin talk about equity in publishing and how to diversify mainstream literary culture in today's #PENpodcast.
Literature does not have a right to dehumanize, to make a human being a non-person.
There are no sanctuaries in this country, and I doubt if there are any in the world. Tthere are no places in the world where the word does not reach, where the moving image does not have influence.
All around me, I see the face of America changing as must you, if you take the number 7 train to Queens, the train I use to go to work and soon this wild disruptive perspective of new Americans from non-traditional immigrant countries will burst through the smooth civil surfaces of American literature. [Crista] Wolf is wrong in her final prophecy, we the minorities, we who have survived war and arduous odyssey’s are in the process of writing guerrilla fiction, we are subverting the canons of literature.
"A writer must of course uphold intellectual freedom, defend all aspects of the development of man and pursues the progress of man from he kingdom of necessity to that of freedom from to which ends he will not flinch from his social and moral obligations. Intellectual freedom is a duty as well as a right, just as the writers imagination is a freedom of choice, so the people, his readers, must be free to choose the writers they concur with.
On May 25, 2016, Khadija Ismayilova, winner of the 2015 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, was released on probation and granted a suspended sentence in a Supreme Court decision rendered in the capital of Azerbaijan. Below, a message from Ismayilova recognizing the efforts of PEN America and free-expression defenders the world over who advocated for her release.
"The unity and solidarity that was demonstrated in my case will help all the governments understand that truth and love will always prevail over lies and hatred. Thank you for your support."