Publications

PEN America publishes original literature through its annual PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers and the Glossolalia translation trilogy, both available for purchase below.

Prison Writing Awards Anthology

The 2018 Prison Writing Awards Anthology brings the winning works of the Prison Writing Awards together in a beautiful collection to share with the world. More

PEN America Best Debut Short Stories

This annual anthology features the winning works of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize, recognizing writers with outstanding fiction debuts in print or online literary magazines. More

PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers

Published each spring, PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, conversation, graphic narrative, and more. We champion international authors and provide first-hand insight into the… More

Glossolalia

Glossolalia is the translation magazine of PEN America. Glossolalia advocates for writers with limited access to the global reading community. By publishing works from lesser-translated languages, we connect storytellers to audiences… More

 

 

Read Original Literature from PEN America Publications and Programs

In addition to its printed publications, PEN America produces of a breadth 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. 

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The Technological Revolution

The 20th century will be remembered in the annals of history as the “Technological Revolution”. Industrial-Capitalism which seen in it’s birth in the 19th century in England, and spread… More

And I Was Small

Clarence Rice # 63456Box CWaupun, Wisconsin 53963AND I WAS SMALLNeon sign blinking: GOLDBAR. GOLDBAR. On/off. On/off. On/off. I stood watching. Thinking. Almost hypnotized. Off/on Off/on Off/on GOLDBAR GOLDBAR GOLDBAR. … More

A Better Way

“A NATION THAT CANNOT APPLY NEW REMEDIES MUST EXPECT NEW EVILS” - Sir Francis BaconCan prisons be abolished? Not yet. There are still offenders in our prison system that… More

3:45

She says / something like this: / A torch, a line of torches, men / in plumber uniforms, in laundry jackets More

Say You’re One of Them

That night, our home began to feel like an oven. We couldn’t sleep, even though we took off all our clothes.Once we locked up, a massive heat swallowed the… More

Retired from the Game

Retired from the Game“Umm . . . excuse me, miss.” I halted the sensuous stride of the six-feet beauty of a correctional officer.“Yes?” she snapped, pausing with an attitude,… More

Buried Child

I haven’t got anything under the sofa! Now mind your own damn business! Jesus God, you come into the house outa the middle of nowhere, haven’t heard or seen… More

Marie Étienne: King of a Hundred Horsemen

Translated from the French by Marilyn Hacker, who received the 2009 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Preface by Marilyn HackerMarie Étienne has always composed poetry and prose alternately or simultaneously,… More

States of Shock

CHARACTERSColonelStubbsGlory BeeWhite ManWhite WomanStubbs: MY THING HANGS LIKE DEAD MEAT!!! (Pause. White couple turns and stares at Stubbs. The Colonel ignores them. He’s busy taking several toy soldiers, tanks,… More

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