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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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The PEN Ten with Garth Greenwell

A diverse and democratic society depends upon robust protections of free speech. Those protections require our vigilant commitment. More

The PEN Ten with Idra Novey

Translating the words of the writers I most admire has always felt more daring to me than coming up with words of my own. It is such a complex… More

Oakland, Cal.

The horses go running through my mind. My student says / She wouldn’t believe police if they told her the sky is blue. More

The PEN Ten with Aleksandar Hemon

The role of the people in any democracy is to drive their leaders crazy with demands. Ask not what you can do for your country, but what it must… More

The M Word Stories: Omar Etman

What does it mean to me to be Muslim in America? I think it means needing to be exceptional to be accepted, which is tiring. More