September Bronx Writers Center Dispatch: Orlando Ferrand
Writer, artist, and PEN member Orlando Ferrand reflects on his tumultuous adolescence in Cuba, where politics and sex made uneasy bedfellows. More
Join PEN America Today
Defend free expression, support persecuted writers, and promote literary culture.
Get updates on events, literary awards, free expression issues, and global news.
In this opinion piece for @dallasnews, David Newman says conversations about literature can help students learn how to argue politics fairly. Banning books deprives students of that opportunity. https://bit.ly/3rCXmoo
We are concerned by Russian prosecutors' move to extend the requested prison sentence for the historian Yuri Dmitriev. PEN America considers the charges against him to be politically motivated retaliation for his work uncovering mass Stalin-era graves:
Finally. The discussion of school libraries in TX we *ought* to be having:
Houston ISD has 276 schools, nearly 200,000 students — and only 58 librarians. Down from nearly 250 librarians about 25 years ago, when the district had 4 fewer schools... #FReadom https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/education/article/Houston-ISD-has-276-schools-195-000-students-and-16670584.php