“PEN America is an entrancing magazine: when it arrives, I fall helplessly into it, and am lost to everything else.”
—Cynthia Ozick

PEN’s semi-annual literary journal publishes fiction, poetry, conversation, criticism, and memoir. It champions international authors and provides first-hand insight into the minds of contemporary writers through provocative symposia.

PEN America is a finalist for a 2010 Utne Independent Press Award for international coverage. In 2000, PEN America was named one of the Ten Best New Magazines by Library Journal, and work from recent issues has been selected for Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize.

Past contributors include Paul Auster, Michael Cunningham, Nikki Giovanni, Marilynne Robinson, Salman Rushdie, Susan Sontag, John Edgar Wideman, and many others.