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 Chaya Babu

"I think the responsibility of the writer is to interrogate their reality and the reality of what they see and then write that. I do believe there is collective… More

The PEN Ten with Sonia Guiñansaca

"Erasure happens when it comes to the history/lives/contribution/resistance/survival of people of color in America, and so with my pen I make sure that they exist and are remembered in… More

The PEN Ten with Muna Gurung

"I write to show that being weak is strong, is daring. As of a year ago, I have begun to write about being a victim of sexual violence at… More

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