Publications

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.

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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 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. 

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Canyon Sam: Sky Train

Canyon Sam received a 2010 Open Book Award.At the beginning of my fifth week, I flew from Chengdu in western China to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, a three-hour flight… More

Point Omega

I tormented myself over the running time, settling finally on a freakish fifty-seven-minute movie that was screened at a couple of documentary festivals. It could have been a hundred… More

Tinkers

Lightning struck once when he was in the open foundation, soldering the last joint of the hot-water tank. It threw him to the opposite wall. He got up and… More

Susana Amaral’s The Hour of the Star

Great novels are seldom, if ever, successfully translated to the screen (Luchino Visconti’s film adaptation of Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s The Leopard is the one exception that immediately comes to… More

I Am All of Yourselves

Was it because nobody expects the greatest Jewish writer since Kafka to be a part-time beauty columnist whose Chanel suits and wraparound sunglasses made her look more like a… More

Greed’s Prisoner

even the ashes don’t belong to you, his body / in the prison of the Communist Party / so that the spirit-cell you built / without a door without… More

Untitled

Everything that you’ve heard was true, I was a terrorist and what! I was the one who failed school for the love of a boy. I was the one… More

Four Selected Poems

Four Selected Poems1. To A FriendWe ever drank the same water in Yong RiverAnd became crazy youth in campus one after another.We will meet as firmly as a rock… More