On Value

Tuesday, Paris, and there’s no America / I wouldn’t ransom. Men beg // on the bridge a boy king / named for his mother—who held / his hand as… More

Alpha

"I can't afford to make mistakes. I need to know precisely where I am. . . . And I always need to know exactly where I'm going." More

Five Poems by Wendy Trevino

The largest prison strike in the history / Of the US is still going. “We want / [You] to understand the economics / Of the prison system...It’s not about… More

The Named and the Nameless

In this week's special edition of the Illustrated PEN, we present "The Named and the Nameless," a series of illustrations that accompany winning manuscripts from the 2018 Prison Writing… More

Two Poems by Monica Ferrell

Snowflakes falling on the beaten copper of nightwater, / Filling up the mouths of drowned soldiers, / Snowflakes filling the sidewalk cracks, / Edging the trees with a blue… More