PEN America publishes original literature through the PEN America Best Debut Stories, the Prison Writing Awards Anthology, PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers, and the Glossolalia translation trilogy, all available for purchase below.
You can also read original literature from PEN America’s online publications and programs below.
Read Original Literature from PEN America Publications and Programs
In addition to its printed publications, PEN America produces a breadth of interviews, poetry, graphic narratives, flash fictions, essays, translation, and book excerpts through its online series, literary awards, prison writing program, World Voices Festival, and other events throughout the year.
Works of Justice: Sarah Ross on Art-Making and Incarceration
For our Works of Justice series, we interviewed Sarah Ross, an editor of The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences, Working Toward Freedom. More
Winners’ Speeches from the 2019 Literary Awards Ceremony
Watch videos and read transcripts of the 2019 PEN America Literary Award winners' acceptance speeches. More
On Writing Fearlessly: A PEN Ten Interview with Lilliam Rivera
"I’m just trying . . . to find joy in the littlest of things—in working with young people, in laughing out loud with my friends, and in writing fearlessly." More
Call-Outs, Correctness, and Culture Wars: A Reading List
In anticipation of the 2019 PEN America Annual General Meeting, here are 11 pieces that catalyze discussion around call-out culture. More
Works of Justice: The Reality Poets on “Wheeling and Healing”
PEN America Prison & Justice Writing Program intern Lisa Nishimura speaks with the Open Doors' Reality Poets on their forthcoming book, Wheeling & Healing. More
Jackie MacMullan at the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony
Jackie MacMullan was awarded the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Literary Awards Ceremony. Watch her speech and read the transcript. More
Jonah Mixon-Webster at the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony
Jonah Mixon-Webster was awarded the PEN/Osterweil Award for Poetry at the 2019 Awards Ceremony. Watch his speech and read the transcript. More