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Read Original Literature from PEN America Publications and Programs

PEN America produces a breadth of interviews, poetry, graphic narratives, essays, translation, and book excerpts through its online series, literary awards, Prison Writing Program, World Voices Festival, and other events throughout the year. 

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PEN Poetry Series: Elegy

I told my therapist that gayness // has always been more aesthetic for me / than sexual. I’d rather have the magazine // than the man in the magazine.… More

from People Finder, Buffalo

Officers Parisi & McAlister write a false report at the station. / Officer Tedesco files a false report in hell. / Narcotics detective Joseph Cook, during a drunk /… More

How to Let Go of the World

In Flint I turn on the tap and out comes war wrapped in putrid cellophane. In Detroit I flip the switch and boil war for tea. In Providence I… More

from Song of Songs

I’m waking up. God is howling between my legs. Between my legs pulling on my new hair. The hair that’s growing for God. More