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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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The Box

"I had only been on Rikers for three months and I was already going to the box. I was nervous and didn't want to go." More

Somewhere, Kansas

"Do you ever think back on the choices you’ve made in life? When I was a kid, Man, everything was possible, life was amazing . . . and then… More

Richard

"He had not changed, he would not grow, he was the thing that died when it was born and hid beneath the shadows of the porch and vanished in… More

Casino Son

"The casino where dad worked kept chocolate covered peppermint sticks out as complementary breath mints. Sometimes he’d bring us some. Chocolate and mint is the flavor of feeling loved… More

The Thrill of Discovery

"My family was never much into literary books. They read cheap paperbacks that cost less than a dollar, the stories printed on thin newsprint." More

Emerging Voices Podcast

The PEN America Emerging Voices Podcast was created to increase the reach of the fellowship and provide the tools necessary to launch a professional writing career to writers in… More