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 Brandon Caro

"In order for the world to function, we have to accept a certain level of falseness. It’s the responsibility of the writer to expose that falseness." More

The PEN Ten with Ben H. Winters

"Fiction is built out of the day-to-day stuff of life, words and people and events, but it’s different and it’s meant to be different. So our collective purpose is… More

The PEN Ten with Ian Buruma

As far as writing is concerned I am obsessed by clarity, which can be a weakness. Great art must leave room for ambiguity, even mystery. More

The PEN Ten with Ross Gay

"My responsibility now feels to be, among two thousand other things, to explore what is lovely and necessary and to be adored and cared for and held up." More

The PEN Ten with Jynne Martin

"I live in a time and place where poetry is rarely read, much less taken as a provocation. I will reserve the term "daring" for writers in other parts… More

The PEN Ten with Lauren Cerand

In this week’s PEN Ten, our content director, Antonio Aiello, interviews Lauren Cerand, New York City book publicist and co-founder and curator of the PEN Ten interview series. More

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