Sam Shepard Reads from Motel Chronicles

Today we share a clip from the 2007 PEN World Voices Festival in which the late, great Sam Shepard reads an excerpt from his short story collection Motel Chronicles. More

Roxane Gay on Diversity in Publishing

In anticipation of the 2018 PEN World Voices Festival, today we share a clip from the 2016 festival in which Hunger author Roxane Gay discusses issues of diversity in… More

We Will Remain Shocked

We are gathered here to assert our right to free speech and defend the rights of others. That is our single and united agenda. And we will defend free… More

The M Word Stories: Safia Elhillo

I choose to be unapologetically Muslim, because I’m tired and bored of apologizing for things that I already am. And so, why stop? More

The M Word Stories: Rebecca Hankins

It’s been my goal to make people understand that Islam is extremely vast and diverse and, especially as an African-American Muslim woman, that our representation is important and that… More

The M Word Stories: Hussein Rashid

In America, people are always finding ways to try to silence things they don’t understand. Right now, it’s religion; before, it was race. More

The M Word Stories: ‎Bayan Abubakr‎

The number one weirdest question I get is do I shower with my hijab, and that's obviously reflective of the fact that I'm both Muslim and a woman. More