The PEN Ten: Banned Books Edition with Coe Booth

I think our responsibility is to tell the truth. We’re writing for discriminating readers who don’t want to read stories that water down their experiences or belittle the intensity… More

The PEN Ten with Sorayya Khan

I’ve always believed that writing is a political act, a way to explore injustice, a place to contemplate complicity, forgiveness, and the possibility of a better world. More

The PEN Ten with Malka Older

Writers mirror their societies, reflecting back and interpreting what they see with enough distance and distortion for recognition and insights and evolution to occur. More

The PEN Ten with Sarah Schulman

The arresting officer testified that I said, 'Ladies should be able to choose.' I think that the idea of a woman's life being a human life was too complex. More

The PEN Ten with Garth Greenwell

A diverse and democratic society depends upon robust protections of free speech. Those protections require our vigilant commitment. More

The PEN Ten with Idra Novey

Translating the words of the writers I most admire has always felt more daring to me than coming up with words of my own. It is such a complex… More

The PEN Ten with Aleksandar Hemon

The role of the people in any democracy is to drive their leaders crazy with demands. Ask not what you can do for your country, but what it must… More