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.
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.
Jackie MacMullan at the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony
Jackie MacMullan was awarded the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Literary Awards Ceremony. Watch her speech and read the transcript. More
Jonah Mixon-Webster at the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony
Jonah Mixon-Webster was awarded the PEN/Osterweil Award for Poetry at the 2019 Awards Ceremony. Watch his speech and read the transcript. More
Kenneth Lonergan at the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony
Kenneth Lonergan was awarded the PEN/Mike Nichols Award at the 2019 Literary Awards Ceremony. Watch his speech and read the transcript below. More
Larissa FastHorse at the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony
Larissa FastHorse was awarded the PEN/Laura Pels Award at the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony. Watch her speech and read the transcript. More
Works of Justice: Kyle Swenson on Justice and Wrongful Incarceration
PEN America Prison and Justice Writing Program intern Lisa Nishimura speaks with investigative journalist Kyle Swenson on his book, Good Kids, Bad City. More
Defying Constraints: A PEN Ten Interview with Brionne Janae
"So my act of resistance is to first and foremost curate and protect joy in my life, and second to remember to write . . . about more than… More
“It is Our Duty to be the Voice of the Voiceless”: An Interview with Filmmaker Agnieszka Holland
"This is a moment when we cannot just lock ourselves in our comfort zone, in our bubble, and believe that we have to speak only on what concerns us." More
Sandra Cisneros on Looking Through Her Past Writing
"A long time ago, which was yesterday, I could tell time by the typeface on my manuscripts. I mean yesterday BC—Before Computers." More