Publications

Read Original Literature from PEN America Publications and Programs

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. 

Jump to:
PEN Poetry Series •  Prison WritingThe PEN Ten InterviewsIllustrated PEN

The Triumph of Life

I thought each day / to be the hard and broken prayer of the only / God degenerate enough to mix his hands in the mash / and our… More

Writing the Future: A Reading List

A young adult recommended reading list curated for PEN Out Loud: Writing the Future, presented by PEN America and the Strand Book Store. More

Summer Pierre All The Sad Songs Illustrated PEN

All the Sad Songs

"To be a young woman and to hear other young women sing out: 'I am here! I am alive! And what I feel, see and experience matters!' was galvanizing." More

Bad Friends by Ancco

Bad Friends

Guest Editor Meg Lemke presents excerpts from Bad Friends by artist Ancco, translated from the Korean by Janet Hong. More

The Art of the Accused: A Conversation

Deborah Solomon, A. O. Scott, Tanya Selvaratnam, and Maggie Mustard discuss the issues surrounding power, spectatorship, violence, gender, labor, and media consumption at Art of the Accused. More