On Memorial Day Weekend, America Reckons with Torture

[caption id="attachment_12717" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Sketch of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin"][/caption] On this weekend's Moyers & Company (check local listings), PEN American Center's Larry Siems, author of… More

PEN Heading to Supreme Court

[caption id="attachment_12462" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="U.S. Supreme Court, photo by Matt H. Wade via WikiCommons"][/caption] The Supreme Court announced today that it will consider whether plaintiffs represented by the ACLU—a list… More

PEN Presses for Visa for Palestinian Poet

Yesterday, we got word through our Translation Committee that Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan, whose collection Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me is being released by Yale University Press… More

PEN Goes to the UN

[caption id="attachment_10630" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Members of the UN Human Rights Committee"][/caption] For the past three weeks, I've been trudging up to the UN to engage with the Human Rights Committee.… More

Breaking Through Cybercensorship

[caption id="attachment_9784" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Photo by Olivier Delhoume"][/caption] A passionate panel of cyberactivists convened at the Cooper Union as part of the ThinkSwiss festival to discuss new tools and approaches to combating online censorship.… More

PEN Protesta!: Writing the Future

[caption id="attachment_8977" align="alignnone" width="405" caption="PEN Protesta! statement, signed by 170 of the world’s leading writers declaring solidarity with Mexican journalists"][/caption] Representatives of PEN centers from around the globe joined PEN… More