Publications

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.

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Prison Writing Awards Anthology

The 2018 Prison Writing Awards Anthology brings the winning works of the Prison Writing Awards together in a beautiful collection to share with the world. More

PEN America Best Debut Short Stories

This annual anthology features the winning works of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize, recognizing writers with outstanding fiction debuts in print or online literary magazines. More

PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers

Published each spring, PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, conversation, graphic narrative, and more. We champion international authors and provide first-hand insight into the… More

Glossolalia

Glossolalia is the translation magazine of PEN America. Glossolalia advocates for writers with limited access to the global reading community. By publishing works from lesser-translated languages, we connect storytellers to audiences… More

 

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. 

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Gun Climate

My son snored next to me while I read ... “All classes and activities have been cancelled. We are investigating a potentially serious threat made against the campus and… More

We Could

In 2012 I had my own class of first graders at a small private school just outside Washington, D.C. On December 14 of that same year, 20 first graders… More

How Not to Draw Guns

Boys will sometimes ask how to draw a gun. In 10 years of teaching comics, a girl has never asked. Boys even ask me this in classrooms once occupied… More

False Choice

My daughter has had many stellar teachers, the kind who would put their kids' safety before their own. I can't stand the thought of those teachers acting as human… More

School Premises

I am acutely aware of how easy it might be for someone with a gun to cause the most atrocious of horrors despite the school's commendable efforts... More

Window

I am an English professor. I encourage my students to approach language as a complex and faulty and therefore fascinating system of visual and lexical signs. Lately I find… More

School Choice

Don’t waste time opening the windows when the tornado comes. Touch the door to feel for heat from the other side. Stop—drop—(cover your eyes)—and roll. Don’t shout “Help!” Shout… More

What We’ve Become

You see, my daughter's school is a preschool. Her classmates are 3 and 4 years old. We would never watch a movie at school. But saying we were would… More

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Freedom, Power, and Rage: A Reading List

How can we channel our freedom, power, and rage to create change in the world? The following PEN America book list is an excellent place to start. More