from Patient H.M.

Memories make us. Everything we are is everything we were. This has always been true and is so obvious that it hardly needs to be said. More

from Angel of Oblivion

As soon as she starts moving, I follow her. She is my queen bee and I am her drone. The scent of her clothes reaches my nose… More

from Evicted

What the judge was saying, in essence, was: We all agree that you were poor and scared when you did this violent, hurtful thing. More

from The Girls in My Town

With the fortune-teller’s words echoing in my head, I told myself to fight like a warrior. Screaming felt good. I screamed until my throat became sandpaper. More

Natalie Scenters-Zapico: Because They Lack Country

2017 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry winner Natalie Scenters-Zapico reads her poem "Because They Lack Country" at the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony, with musical accompaniment by Ernesto… More

Photo credit: Emma Trim

from The Mothers

Brit Bennett's THE MOTHERS is a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Read the first chapter. 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.

Support us as we double down for digital freedom.