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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 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

Lines Drawn

A series of illustrations, by parents and teachers, on negotiating the responsibility of caring for children in an era of continued school shootings. More

Drilled

I asked the director of College Mental Health Services for advice on leading a classroom discussion on Parkland...  More

Gun Climate

My son snored next to me while I read ... “All classes and activities have been cancelled. We are investigating a potentially serious threat made against the campus and… More

We Could

In 2012 I had my own class of first graders at a small private school just outside Washington, D.C. On December 14 of that same year, 20 first graders… More