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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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Dear America: A Reading List

A reading list for PEN Out Loud: Dear America, an event with Jose Antonio Vargas on the burden of undocumented immigrants’ mental health in America.  More

Alpha

"I can't afford to make mistakes. I need to know precisely where I am. . . . And I always need to know exactly where I'm going." More

Five Poems by Wendy Trevino

The largest prison strike in the history / Of the US is still going. “We want / [You] to understand the economics / Of the prison system...It’s not about… More

The Named and the Nameless

In this week's special edition of the Illustrated PEN, we present "The Named and the Nameless," a series of illustrations that accompany winning manuscripts from the 2018 Prison Writing… More

Two Poems by Monica Ferrell

Snowflakes falling on the beaten copper of nightwater, / Filling up the mouths of drowned soldiers, / Snowflakes filling the sidewalk cracks, / Edging the trees with a blue… More

Trench Lyric

The doctors tell me I need this. / The sonnet will tell me I need it. / And you see me with a mug, / a glass, at work,… More