PEN America publishes original literature through its annual PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers and the Glossolalia translation trilogy, both available for purchase below.

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 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 of a breadth 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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The PEN Ten with Marge Piercy

Even very dangerous books are worth reading, if only to know my enemy. I don’t think anybody has the right to censor another person’s ideas. More

The M Word Stories: Hana Esa

Being a Muslim woman in America means defying misconceptions on a daily basis. My hijab is my superhuman cape. More

The Best We Could Do

I think a lot of Americans forget that for the Vietnamese the war continued, whether America was involved or not. More

Last Poem

Because every poem kills itself / Because we kill ourselves in poems / Because death is inevitable and poetry is merely impossible More


“Everything was on fire….There were fingers of orange flame creeping through the grass on the backs, as though the fire were a living thing.” More


If she doesn't use a card, there's nothing to link her to the transaction. Why do you suppose she would want to hide a purchase of milk? More

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