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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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Beauty of the Father

CHARACTERSMarina, a young woman of twenty-fiveEmiliano, a man in his mid-forties, early fiftiesPaquita, a woman in her late forties, early fiftiesKarim, a young man of twenty-fiveFederico García Lorca, the… More

An Aquarium

Seahorse It is said an encounter with a seahorsein a dream is an encounter with the un-conscious. Is this because bothevoke delicate armor? Beneathhistory is another history we’ve madewithout… More

King of a Hundred Horsemen

Marie Étienne, born in Menton in the Alpes-Maritimes, spent her childhood in Indochina, in what is now Vietnam, during the Second World War and the beginning of the Viet… More

Notes on the Melody of Things

I. We are right at the start, do you see.As though before everything. Witha thousand and one dreams behind us andno act.II. I can imagine no knowledge holierthan this:that… More

The Dark Side

Two years later, Kleinman was exonerated by the Department of Defense’s investigation. He was thanked for upholding the law by the Inspector General at the Joint Forces command and… More

Tikkun, Evening Prayer

Tikkun (Midnight Prayer)The Caesars who built the citiesdidn’t intend this kind of silencein which trees tear up the air’s shelter with their growthand the lazy moon journeys in the… More

Cope’s Rule, Nepenthe, Magpie Lark

Cope’s RuleAccording to Edward Drinker Cope,nineteenth-century paleontologist, fossil records showlineages become larger over millenniaindicating that bigger is more successful.Though later scientists offered further support for Cope's rule,from mammals to… More