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 a breadth of 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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Hilton Als on James Baldwin

I had wanted to dislike him more than I do in order to have some distance from his influence, but it is an influence I have absorbed. More

Division Day

Division occurs when we exit with or / without intention one ruthless enclosure / for another. As when I exit your kitchen / every Sunday after you have painted… More

Out and Out

I marveled at my weightlessness and wondered why my father hadn’t stayed here in Spain when he’d first escaped Libya…where you could swim out and out and never sink. More

Nikki Giovanni: Making James Baldwin

Never deny what your heart knows is the truth. Never turn your back on what your mind knows is right. Never refuse to hear the cry of the angry… More

Fetch

There is nothing in any manual instructing you how to defend yourself against a dog with inflatable ears. More

Rereading & Rewriting Crime

We can respond to this crisis as a literary community by centering and seriously considering the work that casts prison, prisoners, and the prison state/industry in new light. More

The PEN Ten with Malka Older

Writers mirror their societies, reflecting back and interpreting what they see with enough distance and distortion for recognition and insights and evolution to occur. More