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2017 Literary Gala: Alan Cumming

I’m in prison, and like any prisoner, it is very difficult for me to answer a simple childish question: “Daddy, when are you coming home?” More

2017 Literary Gala: Rita Dove

To me, a Great America is an America that values the arts and the humanities. If you feel the same way, please join me now in defending these Endowments. More

2017 Literary Gala: Andrew Solomon

Literature has kept the idea of freedom alive in societies where freedom is forcibly annihilated. If the truth can remain vitalized, it can be shouted from the rooftops. More

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

Galway Kinnell: Nuclear Threat and Poetry

Poets, just like everybody else, have suppressed thoughts about this subject. And no wonder, because it is a subject that, the more you think about, the more hopeless you… More

Natalie Scenters-Zapico: Because They Lack Country

2017 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry winner Natalie Scenters-Zapico reads her poem "Because They Lack Country" at the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony, with musical accompaniment by Ernesto… More

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