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PEN America Blog

August 23, 2016

"There are certain people who don’t encrypt their e-mail, so we just create a coding system. Perhaps we are talking about having lunch at a certain restaurant, when in fact we are talking about meeting to do NSA research. It is a way to use codes to communicate, whereas with art making it is maybe about more universal issues."

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August 22, 2016

"I once heard my mother say there should be a special word to refer to a betrayal by someone you love. The offense, she insisted, deserved a separate sentence, something less just, because a person with the capacity to do such damage doesn’t deserve justice."

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August 18, 2016

Artist Ebin Lee takes a visual deep-dive into depression, body dysmorphia, and cultural invisibility in this piece presented by guest editor MariNaomi.

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August 18, 2016

These works of literature have been judged to represent the finest writing by women worldwide, brought into English—from Russian, French, Polish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Spanish, Pashto, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, German, Lithuanian, Swedish, Korean, Italian, and Chinese—by the most skillful translators in the field.

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August 17, 2016

the person I love / has a yellow spot in his eye / if he closes that eye several states away / does it still exist // the bells were ringing / when I left the building / this time that they’re saying / it doesn’t exist

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August 16, 2016

"I don’t think it’s the responsibility of writers to do anything. We do it anyway—out of consciousness, not responsibility."

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August 12, 2016

There were no voices to be heard, no words or fragments of sentences coming from the couple sitting there. Until I realized, with a quick glimpse, that they were communicating in sign language. And I began, discreetly, to watch them.

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August 11, 2016

Prize will honor an international writer of any genre for an outstanding body of work over a sustained career.

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August 11, 2016

This year, as a contribution to Women in Translation Month, the PEN America Translation Committee presents a series of blog posts featuring books written by women that have won the PEN Translation Prize and the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.

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August 11, 2016

Calabash makes space for heritage, including local writers and vendors. It offers pit-cooked jerk, salt fish and fried dumplings, and Rastafarian-made ital juices. At the same time, it reaches out to top global literati, writers, and audiences.

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