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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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What We’ve Become

You see, my daughter's school is a preschool. Her classmates are 3 and 4 years old. We would never watch a movie at school. But saying we were would… More

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Freedom, Power, and Rage: A Reading List

How can we channel our freedom, power, and rage to create change in the world? The following PEN America book list is an excellent place to start. More

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The Opposite of Hate: A Reading List

We are living through one of the most divisive periods in American history, with hate-filled rhetoric fueling disagreements on a wide range of issues — from LGBTQ rights to immigration policy… More

I Explain a Few Things

She was born in a shithole country that was fighting for the sanctity of a wretched block of ice / She said my own country is the most foreign… More

Sana Khan

The M Word Stories: Sana Khan

Being Muslim in America means belonging to a diverse group of people in regard to race, beliefs, careers, and backgrounds. This is a beautiful thing because Muslims contribute to… More

Fazian Kothari

The M Word Stories: Faizan Kothari

The M Word seeks to elevate, amplify, and celebrate the contributions of Muslim Americans to our country’s varied and inspiring cultural landscape. Today, we share Faizan Kothari’s story on being a… More