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2015 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony

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

from Embraces the carrion

In Istanbul, you say, they took the dogs from the streets / Brought them to islands. / Then they took down the oldest Roma neighborhood to build houses Byzantine… More

The PEN Ten with Saul Williams

"It is the challenges we pose to ourselves that bring the greatest honesty, lucidity, imagination, directness. I consider my responsibility as a poet as something related to the journalist,… More

Robert Pinsky and Rita Dove at Writers Resist. Photo © Terrence Jennings

Robert Pinsky at Writers Resist in NYC

Poet, essayist, translator, and teacher Robert Pinsky reads "Exile and Lightning," a poem written for Writers Resist, the January 15th literary protest hosted by PEN America on the steps… More

The PEN Ten with Camille Rankine

I like to hear stories from worlds that aren't my own. Sometimes, when I'm listening, a phrase floats into the air and everything else gets quiet, and it's like… More

Public Works

It was an election year. The switchboards flickered with stars in their / universe of calls. Of all places, a public park. The workers had begun / to dig,… More

Operation Haze

Yesterday I lost two lights / when I ripped the yellow ones / out / Now it’s just me / and a borrowed mile // I think the… More

Triumph

It is not the fire itself you smell in your wool coat. / The fire itself is no body, / no site for war. // The gall, the dread,… More