Going on the Record: Resistance and Writing

Focusing on the harrowing events at Guantánamo and on the courage of those in the military and intelligence services who created a written record of those events, this program… More

On the Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Arrest

It was disappointing to watch Mo Yan gloss over China’s systematic censorship—censorship he has had to navigate throughout his career—during his official Nobel Prize lecture today in Stockholm. It… More

A Report on PEN’s SCOTUS Hearing

On a day when the rest of Washington was shuttered and hunkered down for Hurricane Sandy, the Supreme Court stuck it out and heard arguments over whether PEN and… More

On Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”

I saw, for the first time, what it really means to be a poet—to have the habit of mind where the universe reveals itself through linguistic forms the way,… More

China’s Nobels

PEN American Center's Larry Siems and translator Jeffrey Yang on Liu Xiaobo, Mo Yan, and Liu Xia. More

PEN Heading to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court announced today that it will consider whether plaintiffs represented by the ACLU—a list that includes PEN American Center, Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch, The Nation, and… More