In Afghanistan, where four-fifths of the population is illiterate, poetry has always had a strong position—especially among women. The Afghan writer and journalist Nushin Arbabzadah writes here a letter…More
In 2012, Alireza Roshan was incarcerated at Evin prison in Iran—known for housing political prisoners and dissidents—on charges of “incitement and collusion with intent to disrupt national security." He…More
Today is the Day of Solidarity with Belarus Political Prisoners, as announced by @Tsihanouskaya. PEN America condemns the unjust imprisonment of Belarusians and stands by all those courageously speaking out against the Lukashenka regime #StandWithBelarus #ЖывеБеларус
When I met him: I was introduced to Sondheim at a @PENamerica event by Meryl Streep (who had no idea who I was apart from being baby Ash's daddy) and so Stephen had no idea who I was, and that was just fine by me. I said shook his hand and said hello, and went back to my table.