Alex Dimitrov Reads Allen Ginsberg

In celebration of this year's Banned Books Week, Alex Dimitrov reads "I Am Not" and "Personals Ad" by the frequently-banned Allen Ginsberg. More

PEN Members Reading at Paradise Banned Event

On Monday, September 30, PEN partnered with the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression for readings in celebration of PEN's Banned Book Month. Reading the poets whose work have been… More

On Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn

It’s a luxury in our country that banning books is by and large an academic argument...[W]hen we have a discussion of “banned” books in this country, what we are… More

2013 Banned Books Month

Staring on Monday, September 23, PEN will begin posting essays from this year’s Banned Books Month, featuring PEN members, supporters, and staff—writers and editors of all backgrounds and genres—who… More

On Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”

I saw, for the first time, what it really means to be a poet—to have the habit of mind where the universe reveals itself through linguistic forms the way,… More

Final Words: Book Banning Is Not Dead

In April of 2011, a visit with a close friend sparked the same question that was asked each time we were together: What are you working on now? I… More

On William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying

While ideological book banning is infuriating, banning out of ignorance and vague religiosity are, to me, even more galling. William Faulkner’s classic, As I Lay Dying, has been banned… More

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