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.
The PEN Ten: An Interview with Poet Brenda Shaughnessy
"Just like all politics are identity politics, and just like the personal is political—all poems are love poems, all poems are political poems." More
Highlights from the 15th Annual World Voices Festival
This Festival explored the profoundly complex and challenging issues involved in this dissolution of the public and the private in more than 70 events. More
Works of Justice: Author and Advocate Andrea J. Ritchie on State Violence Against Women of Color
In this Works of Justice interview, Giselle Robledo discusses state violence against women of color with Andrea J. Ritchie, author of Invisible No More. More
The PEN Ten Interview: Ahmed Naji on Language, Identity, and Writing in Exile
"I don't want to be sad, or a prisoner of my own nostalgia. It's an excellent opportunity to be here, and I am thirsty. I want to learn everything,… More
Ron Chernow Stands for Press Freedom at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Ron Chernow delivered a rousing speech in defense of press freedom and the First Amendment at the 2019 White House Correspondents' Dinner. More
Cry, the Beloved Country: Ma Jian on Resilience, Resistance, and Hope
"The Chinese language is my homeland. From exile, I can use it to drag repressed memories into the light" More
Works of Justice: An Interview with Writing for Justice Fellow Thomas Bartlett Whitaker
"Within my writings, I am able to take a moral stand against a site and an ideology that I feel to be both overwhelming and inherently broken." More
“We Think in Stories”: A PEN Ten Interview with Namwali Serpell
"We think in stories. It’s so constitutive that 'need' is an understatement. It’s more like blood than water." More