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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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Banned Books Week 2019

We are proud to collaborate with PEN America partners nationwide in activities to celebrate Banned Books Week 2019. More

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Round One

"When you're on the precarious road of life, whether you're in the free world or in prison, you pick up real friends along the way and discard the rest." More

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My Co-Worker

"My co-worker makes parole. / No goodbyes. Just disappears one day." More

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Young Girl Twenty

"The type of chick that young thugs’ll wait on, / and older catz lose they weight on / Modestly fly, sour chicks couldn’t play Dawn" More

Ravenous

"I always run toward the sound of shouting, metal crunching / and glass shattering" More

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The Week

"Besides, wasn’t life full of these exciting moments, something fresh and novel every day, now that we were adults?" More