PEN America Blog
July 19, 2016
Stephen Graham Jones is many things, among them an incredible writer and story teller, as well as a Blackfeet Indian. The momentum of his prose drags you through the aches and loves and nights and violences and hilarity and trash and so many cars and hungers of his characters’ complicated hearts.
July 13, 2016
ninety thousand children crossing the border in the last three years what thirst what listening what refuge what desert harbor what desert keeps at bay what keens what dims what signals we cannot read what enforcement what filament what unmoved substrata what bleeds
July 6, 2016
Uncomfortable in a hospital gown, fallow. The thing I’m praising is wretchedness. It gets easier, as easy as a slur. The tongue root and the doctor’s late, blinking the back of a machine. I know blinking means OK but even so. I’m surprised the water even rose
June 30, 2016
July’s featured cases represent some of the horrifying consequences of simply expressing one’s sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), of working towards acceptance and understanding of individuals’ SOGI, and of producing or translating works that depict SOGI that are criminalized or stigmatized in the country.
June 29, 2016
Goldsmith was a passionate and enormously generous supporter of PEN's freedom of expression advocacy programming for more than three decades.
June 24, 2016
New PEN Award recognizes twelve emerging fiction writers for their debut short story published in a literary magazine or cultural website