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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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Poker Face

"He would sit me at the table right next to him during his weekly poker games with the boys and teach me all about my poker face. I never… More

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As I Hear the Rain

In this week's special edition of the Illustrated PEN, we present "As I Hear the Rain" a series of illustrations that accompany winning manuscripts from the 2019 Prison Writing… More

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Never 2 Late

"It's not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." More

Under The Bridge

"Not too many things are difficult to deal with when you're high as a kite, soaring above the crowds of people on the streets of DC." More

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Tetris

"He watched the yellow tiles on the wall move down and stack together to make lines. Building around a hole he would never crawl out from." More