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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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Speaking Silence

"As a Mexican-Filipino-East Indian teen, I felt most comfortable in silence—scribbling words into notebooks, hoping my classmates couldn’t see me." More

Dog

"But a dog will love only you and will be devoted only to you. And it asks for nothing in return. Apart from your love." More

The Winner

"People remember the artist, and not the subject. Especially in portraits." More

Two Poems by Purvi Shah

The following two poems by Purvi Shah appear in Mythologies, the newest issue of PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers. More

Testament

"I want to be burned. To ashes. And the ashes to be spread on the wind. On the sea. Best in summer, if, of course, I die in summer.… More

April sauna

we spoke about music and religion and sex and the worst things we’d ever done for money and the best things we’d ever done for free More