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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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Working Day Statement: New Orleans

A few things we don’t want to do: we don’t want to be redundant, meaning we don’t want to start a service or project that already exists locally. Even… More

Sunshine

They told Grace they’d found her curled into a nest of leaves, that since dawn they’d been following a strange spoor through the bush, and then, just as they’d… More

Rob Spillman: Eye of the Outsider

James M. Cain’s Mildred Pierce, set in Southern California at the time when the roaring ’20s was turning into the low, depressed growl of the ’30s, captures an era… More

Suheir Hammad: also libya

also libyano one tells youif anyone does you do not listen anywayif you do still you do not understandno one tells you how to be freethere is fire in… More

Before the Next World Cup

It was Amichai’s idea, those wishes.After Emanuel Petit scored the third goal and it was already clear that France would take the Cup, and there was a faint sense… More

Bluefish

Chapter OneTravis stood in front of locker #78. The clatter and bang and yammering voices pounded at the back of his head. He started the combination, slowly spinning the… More

A Person of Interest

Lee closed the door and crept onto his bed. He hadn’t pressed the button of the lock; he was afraid he might be reprimanded. He heard the thump of… More

Flood Song

I strike a wet match on his wooden mind,/ stash my invitation behind his waterless eyes,/ and pencil in the first unmarked box More

Glengarry Glen Ross

The Glengarry Highland’s leads, you’re sending Roma out. Fine. He’s a good man. We know what he is. He’s fine. All I’m saying, you look at the board, he’s… More