On Language, Truth, and Self-Expression: A PEN Ten Interview with Dessa
The PEN Ten is PEN America’s weekly interview series. This week PEN America's Public Program Manager, Lily Philpott, speaks to Dessa, a rapper, a singer, an essayist, and a… More
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.@KellerISD’s decision was an “appalling affront to students’ First Amendment rights.” said @jonfreadom of PEN America in a statement." It is virtually impossible to run a school or a library that purges books in response to any complaint from any corner." https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/17/us/texas-school-books-removed-bible.html
Hundreds of writers will gather on the steps of the New York Public Library on at 11 AM Friday August 19 to read from Salman Rushdie’s works, in a recreation of an event first held after the fatwa on the author was issued in 1989. #StandWithSalman #NYC https://www.theguardian.com/global/2022/aug/17/hundreds-of-authors-to-read-from-salman-rushdies-works-in-show-of-solidarity
Kudos to @jeremycyoung, @jonfreadom, @JeffreyASachs and others at @PENamerica for their ESSENTIAL work on *educational gag orders.* Everyone who cares about public education should read their new report--