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Edmund White on Gay Fiction

Once AIDS came along in 1981, gay writers were encouraged to back off from writing sex scenes. We weren’t supposed to awaken any sense of backlash against gays who… More

Zeyar Lynn Reads Two Poems

I have not written my history ... They have written my history, then they have airbrushed me from history. More

The PEN Ten with Marge Piercy

Even very dangerous books are worth reading, if only to know my enemy. I don’t think anybody has the right to censor another person’s ideas. More

PEN World Voices Festival: Gender and Power

New York, NY (February 16, 2017) –The thirteenth annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature will focus its lens on today’s fractious relationship between gender and power. Taking… More

The Tragic Reality of Human Existence

This piece was read by Boris Akunin at the opening night of the 2016 PEN World Voices Festival, where authors shared their philosophical inquiries into society’s need for mind-altering… More

Andrew Solomon Rushes In

When the PEN American Center decided last year to highlight writers from Mexico at its World Voices Festival this spring, no one, including author Andrew Solomon, the organization’s president More