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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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collage of book covers for recommended reading list

Pushing Past Constraints: A Reading List

A reading list compiled in anticipation of February’s PEN Out Loud event with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and Isaac Fitzgerald to discuss Friday Black. More

from Summer Err

Beyond the forests, / the head of the general / killed everything he saw or could think of. // All sheepmen carry strychnine / to kill coyotes, bears, panthers, / little dog-like wolves,… More

Two Poems by Paul Legault

A president cannot pardon itself. / A body cannot bury itself in / the ground or tomb it had its minions build. / There has to be someone to… More

panel from Blame This on the Boogie by Rina Ayuyang

Blame This on the Boogie

Despite the demands put on her from family, school, and work throughout, she carves out a space for her love of dance, cultivates it, and invites others in. More