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.
Sketches Outside the Margins: Scenes from a Free Healthcare Clinic
In this week’s Illustrated PEN, a collective of comics journalists share portraits from a free healthcare clinic in Washington state, selected by Meg Lemke. More
On Magic, History, and Storytelling: The PEN Ten with S. A. Chakraborty
"I like being part of a long tradition of storytelling, whether that’s ancient tales shared around a campfire or modern podcasts." More
“Being a Writer is a Matter of Doing”: A PEN Ten Interview with Yoon Ha Lee
"It is through fiction we tell ourselves the emotional truths about life and living, from birth to death, from friendship and love to betrayal, from madness to mercy." More
On History, Self-Censorship, and Bravery: A PEN Ten Interview with Wayétu Moore
"I do recognize that the desire to resist stems from being socialized in a system that institutionally devalues my worth." More