The PEN Ten with Alex Berenson

Nonfiction writers—reporters of all stripes, historians, biographers—have to start and end with the truth as their lodestar. The truth is a painful master. It blinks and hides, disappears entirely,… More

The PEN Ten with Min Jin Lee

Whether in fiction or nonfiction, I want to be a fair and emotionally truthful writer. Also, I think I should tell a story worth the reader’s time and attention. More

The PEN Ten with Camille Rankine

I like to hear stories from worlds that aren't my own. Sometimes, when I'm listening, a phrase floats into the air and everything else gets quiet, and it's like… More

The PEN Ten with Luanne Rice

"But in this case I was writing about people crossing the border, dying in the desert or living in fear, undocumented in Boyle Heights, and it was inspired by… More

The PEN Ten with Harvey J. Kaye

My lifelong hero—ever since I was a boy—is Thomas Paine, the American Revolutionary and radical-democratic pamphleteer. I would love to be identified with his words, words such as “The… More

The PEN Ten with Kyle Minor

I wish American writers in general were less anti-intellectual, more interested in the interior life and exterior systems of power. I don't come from a subculture that had much… More

PEN Ten with Chris Abani

Writers and storytellers as a whole are curators of our common humanity. This is difficult because we curate not just the good, but also the bad, the totality that… More