On a Railroad (Soo-Line)

"The Soo-Line was not the sole property of youth, though. Others, who had once been young and full of bravado, traveled on occasion down its rusted steel path. They were… More

Solitary Confinement

"The smile I wear is a disguise. It masks my tears. My eyes reveal the deception. This is my 19th year in prison. Year five living in the dungeon.… More

2017 PEN America Literary Awards Winners

PEN America is thrilled to announce the winners for its 2017 PEN America Literary Awards. This year's awards will confer over $300,000 to writers and translators for their exceptional literary works and careers… More

2017 PEN America Literary Awards Finalists

PEN America is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards. These shortlists showcase 50 exceptional literary works chosen by our esteemed judging panels. With the… More

The Centaur’s Son

As I lay in my crib, sleeping only three crow miles away in another small sandstone farmhouse was a 15-year-old boy who was dreaming of graduating from high school… More

Dark Corners

As I sat alone at a picnic table eating lunch prepared by a woman in the congregation—chips, BBQ, chicken, corn on the cob, spaghetti, and cake—I was visited by… More

The Self-Deceptions of Empire

David Bromwich is finalist for the 2015 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay for the collection Moral Imagination, which explores the importance of imagination and sympathy in… More

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