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PEN America Blog

September 27, 2016

"Covertly removing books is a way of circumventing any conversation about why you are removing these books from libraries and, in effect, schools, necessary if you were to officially remove a title from a bookshelf or a class or a curriculum."

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September 27, 2016

"Since I can’t be the only cultural producer to fail to name the mechanism of their own silencing in the moment, this sets up an interesting possibility: that the suppression of political expression by figures of authority—a conservative definition of censorship—is not always recognizable."

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September 22, 2016

What this poet calls slippery, what I call smart. Like it matters, like I’m not / pulling rent money out of a dog’s ass. // I was wrong. I want everything. I want to be fucked like the wife who waited / for her soldier’s return, fucked: the island, the sand, the nymph, / the lust that strands him.

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September 21, 2016

Graphic artist Jennifer Camper, in a biting new comic, surveys critical reception of lesbians throughout literature.

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September 21, 2016

Make way for the Censor-ship, from which no comic artist is safe!

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September 21, 2016

"Of 260 respondents, 117 say they have had work published by someone else or a publishing house, or have published their own comics. Of our 117 respondents, 21 claim to have been censored and 96 claim they have not been censored. The following is a list of reasons why they believe they have been censored."

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September 21, 2016

How do we commonly define censorship? It depends who you ask. Here, artist and writer Anne Elizabeth Moore gives voice to the concerns of artists who claim to experience both soft and "economic" censorship.

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September 21, 2016

"I did not set out to write a definitive transgender book. I wrote and photographed six individuals, ages 16 to 22, who fall under the transgender umbrella. This left me wondering, why were six kids challenged for expressing who they are?"

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September 21, 2016

"In The Color Purple lies the truth, in its pages lie glorious, flammable ideas: how many fires could be lit with the simple, indomitable truth that a Black girl in the American South is human?"

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September 19, 2016

Russell Scott Valentino is the recipient of a 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for his translation of  Rod by Bosnian-Herzegovinian and Croatian writer Miljenko Jergović. Read an excerpt of the translation here.  

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