The M Word Stories: Wajahat Ali

If you aren’t writing your own story your story is always being written for you by others…It's imperative that people of good will and talent pick up the pen. More

Hilton Als on James Baldwin

I had wanted to dislike him more than I do in order to have some distance from his influence, but it is an influence I have absorbed. More

Nikki Giovanni: Making James Baldwin

Never deny what your heart knows is the truth. Never turn your back on what your mind knows is right. Never refuse to hear the cry of the angry… More

Carl Hancock Rux Reads James Baldwin

To celebrate James Baldwin's birthday, here's a 2001 recording of poet, playwright, and novelist Carl Hancock Rux reading Baldwin's work at PEN America's Twentieth-Century Masters Tribute event. More

Christopher Hitchens On George Orwell

In this 2002 recording from the PEN America Digital Archive, Christopher Hitchens offers a critical analysis of Orwell's works from his own intellectual perspective. More

Opening Lines of Lolita

In this archival recording, James Mason reads from one of the most recognizable beginnings of twentieth-century literature.  More

We don’t want to remember December 14, 2017 as the day the internet began to go dark.

PEN America has been at the forefront of petitioning, protesting and pressing to keep the internet open. We have only just begun to fight—the next battlegrounds will be in Congress and the Court.

We won’t stop until a free and open internet has been secured for everyone who thinks, explores, and creates.

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