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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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Spend

seven years inside no visitors and four hours traveling north for one / hour per month with him no more no / phone calls four men watching always /… More

Views

I’ve been in other prisons surrounded by tall white walls. The outside views were always the same: sky and the tops of trees. More

Leslie Jamison

The PEN Ten with Leslie Jamison

I’m also actively resisting both hopelessness and complacency—as well as the belief that art is irrelevant in politically troubled times. More

The Pathologos

You cannot find a picture of your future wife / There is not enough white space around your imagination / Who will look at your collage when you are… More

from Don’t Worry

Like always, she’s sitting at the out-of-tune grand piano, mashing down the pedal and making the windows of the Kolah Farangi Emirate tremble...Sara, when did you return? More