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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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Bad Friends by Ancco

Bad Friends

Guest Editor Meg Lemke presents excerpts from Bad Friends by artist Ancco, translated from the Korean by Janet Hong. More

The Art of the Accused: A Conversation

Deborah Solomon, A. O. Scott, Tanya Selvaratnam, and Maggie Mustard discuss the issues surrounding power, spectatorship, violence, gender, labor, and media consumption at Art of the Accused. More

On Value

Tuesday, Paris, and there’s no America / I wouldn’t ransom. Men beg // on the bridge a boy king / named for his mother—who held / his hand as… More

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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