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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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from One Left

The last one is out of her coma. For three weeks she recognized no one. She speaks in a labored, halting tone: “I can’t die—not when I think there… More

from Rhapsodia

Do the wings itch as they sprout? / When from the belly’s opening / you first raised your head / and pushing from the pain / sprang into the… More

from Matisse

Vadya’s biography was as much invented as it was true. There were so many blown-out-of-proportion intricacies to remember that he’d long ago lost sight of the facts. More

from Beyond Babylon

They’d told her to go there and make no detours. Because that was where people refashioned their dreams. That was where people found all the Somalis again. More

from HOPE

On this island, rain falls as swiftly as the dark, as if some meteorological spirit had spoken a magic word; a prompter in the wings commands rain! and it… More