The PEN Ten with Peter Ho Davies

"What I try to resist is the self-censorship that stops us even trying to write something. That to my mind closes down the possibility too soon. The decision point… More

The PEN Ten with Oddný Eir

"The writer is responsible for what he writes. I'm old fashioned and think that the writer is responsible for making us more responsible and keeping words alive so we… More

The PEN Ten with Ming Di

"I don’t think it’s the responsibility of writers to do anything. We do it anyway—out of consciousness, not responsibility." More

The PEN Ten with E. Tammy Kim

"Writers are people, so we have political responsibilities that zigzag across the globe. If we are good at our craft, we have the additional burden of conveying information and… More

The PEN Ten with Tina Chang

"We are each placed here to carry out something quite distinctive, quite separate. That individuality of purpose makes for friction that is very much alive." More