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Read Original Literature from PEN America Publications and Programs

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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An Ungodly Godlike Man

"Not only can I hear everything, but I can feel the vibration against the thin metal wall as they wrestle with the prisoner inside the sardine can of a… More

Albert & Me

"I want to be a person to them, as much as I want them to be a person to me. Because if I'm not, that's when the floor drops… More

On a Railroad (Soo-Line)

"The Soo-Line was not the sole property of youth, though. Others, who had once been young and full of bravado, traveled on occasion down its rusted steel path. They were… More

Going Forward with Gus

"As Gus would speak about the love for his kids and the things he wished he had done better, I thought about what it would have been like to… More

The Golden Veneer

"Choices . . . I was asked what are morally sound choices; what are ethically sound choices; ultimately, what is the difference?" More

Rusted

"The layer of rust and lime speckles on the faucet and sink handles gave her pause; she always imagined those stains were the blood of women who lived here… More

Univision

"With little to no idea what they are actually saying, I watch a lot of Univision, the popular Spanish speaking television channel." More

Solitary Confinement

"The smile I wear is a disguise. It masks my tears. My eyes reveal the deception. This is my 19th year in prison. Year five living in the dungeon.… More