Publications

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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Murderers’ Ball

"The Murderers' Ball is what we call the annual fall Lifer's Club banquet. It's mostly said in jest and among ourselves, Lifers that is. It's dark humor shared by… More

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A Short Play

"They can lock my body up but they can't cage my mind. I'm still free. Just cause you're locked up don't mean you can't be free." More

Lexie’s Books

"It is the essence of transformation, the protean nature of our imagination and expressions that compel us to write, to rant and rave and strive to be heard." More

Time Reversal Invariance

"It used to be that physicists  / thought the world might run / the same forward as in reverse: / that is to say, we had no means / to know which… More