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.
“Whenever I Write, I’m Asserting That I Matter”: A PEN Ten Interview with Naima Coster
"Whenever I write, I’m asserting that I matter . . . I see that as resistance, even if it only changes what it’s like for me to be in… More
“To Remember is a Kind of Resistance”: A PEN Ten Interview with Julian Randall
"I’m glad so many people have found something they know to be true, someone like themselves in what I’ve written." More
A PEN Ten Interview with Debut Author Jaclyn Gilbert
"I’ve always felt I am in conversation with writers and readers, building my own voice out of other stories that resonate with my own." More
Barry Jenkins: “Thank You So Damn Much For Writing the Things You Write”
Barry Jenkins thanks writers for inspiring his work while accepting PEN America's Award for Screenplay Excellence at the 2018 LitFest Gala. More
On Identity, Perspective, and Influences: A PEN Ten Interview with Katya Apekina
"I’m looking at emotional truth, and that’s subjective and contradictory. The facts might be the facts, but how does one interpret them?" More
A PEN Ten Interview with Pussy Riot Founder Nadya Tolokonnikova
"In my art I’m trying to find truth about the world and critically reflect on the times in which I happen to live. That’s my main job in life." More