November Garcia Blind Faith Featured Image

Blind Faith

For this week’s Illustrated PEN Guest Editor Robert Kirby presents "Blind Faith," an original piece by artist November Garcia. More

Summer Pierre All The Sad Songs Illustrated PEN

All the Sad Songs

"To be a young woman and to hear other young women sing out: 'I am here! I am alive! And what I feel, see and experience matters!' was galvanizing." More

Bad Friends by Ancco

Bad Friends

Guest Editor Meg Lemke presents excerpts from Bad Friends by artist Ancco, translated from the Korean by Janet Hong. More

Alpha

"I can't afford to make mistakes. I need to know precisely where I am. . . . And I always need to know exactly where I'm going." More

Casino Son

"The casino where dad worked kept chocolate covered peppermint sticks out as complementary breath mints. Sometimes he’d bring us some. Chocolate and mint is the flavor of feeling loved… More

Lowriders

In this week’s Illustrated PEN, Guest Editor Dave Ortega presents excerpts from artist Raúl the Third's Lowriders series. More

The Winner

"People remember the artist, and not the subject. Especially in portraits." More

Slightly Plural

"Last time this bend in the river was shady and swift, but a downed branch makes a quiet corner away from the current where life, slow and abundant, flourished… More