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.
Open Secrets at the 15th Annual World Voices Festival
This year’s World Voices Festival explores the profoundly complex and challenging issues involved in this dissolution of the public and the private. More
Works of Justice: An Interview with Writing for Justice Fellow Justin Rovillos Monson
"Writing expanded my world at a time when everything felt so small and suffocating. As embarrassingly cliché as it is to say, writing gave me a breadth of hope." More
“A necessary voice on the page”: a PEN Ten Interview with Amber Flora Thomas
"Yes, I do experience this persona. She (generally) is a necessary voice on the page—she gives me distance from experiences I cannot hold in my body any longer." More
Works of Justice: Tim O’Connell on Publishing “Cherry,” Nico Walker’s Acclaimed Debut
In anticipation of the Publishing Power event at Housing Works, we had the pleasure of interviewing Tim O’Connell about his work with author Nico Walker. More
Increased Accessibility in the Literary Arts: AWP’s Events Guide and Beyond
In advance of the 2019 AWP Conference, author Sonya Huber discusses how organizations can take steps to offer accessible and inclusive programming. More
“To Write is to Take Action”: A PEN Ten Interview with Diane Mehta
"To write is to take action, and then you have to follow up your words with deeds—practice kindness, form opinions, stand up for others." More
Works of Justice: Sarah Ross on Art-Making and Incarceration
For our Works of Justice series, we interviewed Sarah Ross, an editor of The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences, Working Toward Freedom. More