The Named and the Nameless

In this week's special edition of the Illustrated PEN, we present "The Named and the Nameless," a series of illustrations that accompany winning manuscripts from the 2018 Prison Writing… More

My Penal Vacation

"I caught the elderly lady looking toward the bus stop a few times, probably disappointed at the loss of a customer. Count your blessings lady, I think to myself.… More

The Named and the Nameless

"I had never known Vince very well. He was of my father's generation, and during the sixties and seventies that was reason enough for me to maintain a respectful… More

Limp Gray Fur

"I am neurotically productive, reading, studying, writing, exercising – doing something at all times, anything except nothing." More

Insanity

"Purple mountains rise in the distance, / Disrupted by coils of razor wire / Freedom only time can purchase / Brought here, branded a liar." More

The Storm

"Like the clouds are killing each other: / Battleships, anvils, Jesus Christ. / Blind with awe, I cannot sleep, / Beholding worlds within worlds, afire." More

Conflagration

"I felt a line of saliva fall out of my numbing mouth while I stared at the bright red bumps of the stings on my ankles. I don't remember… More