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 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 M Word Stories: Safia Elhillo

I choose to be unapologetically Muslim, because I’m tired and bored of apologizing for things that I already am. And so, why stop? More

Poems for My Friends

That you've found your name someplace / it doesn't belong, I regret with you. / The scope of gratitude expands so wide / to pre-empt future criticism, inclusive /… More

Requiem for a Hot Comb

Getting your hair straightened for the first time was like being inducted into a black women’s secret society. The sisterhood of perpetual hair maintenance. The sisterhood had an awful... More

The Art Buyer

I used to teach but now I work “in start-up tech” / And I’m trying to turn back. / The company I work for just fired half of everyone… More

Narrative Through Community

Our communities are being polarized and manipulated with competing notions of the truth…How do we address these divisions of outright truth and lie? Research provides a necessary starting point. More

The PEN Ten with Jimin Han

I think about how censorship of writers and other creative artists is one of the first actions of a totalitarian government. It speaks to the power of individual voice... More

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