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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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That Night

Home is where I want to be. Pick me up and turn me round. I'm just an animal looking for home. Share the same space for a minute or… More

The M Word Stories: Jabeen Akhtar

We are not a monolith group of people. There are layers to us, complexity to our experiences and identities. There are practicing Muslims, secular Muslims, and people from the… More

Interrogating the Status Quo

In an era where powerful men are being toppled and long-held notions of “acceptable behavior” are changing, writers remind us that the rules governing language are also not free… More

The PEN Ten with Mychal Denzel Smith

What we are compelled to believe is based on our relationship to power…my work navigates truth by understanding it as a struggle to reshape power. More

The M Word Stories: Kaighla Um Dayo

I feel worried that if I were to be too human, too real, to have a bad day here and there, it would reflect poorly on the entire… More

I’m Not Here

"Feeling is impossible if we feel today as we felt yesterday: To feel today the same thing we felt yesterday is not to feel at all. Today we are… More

Submissions for the 2018 PEN Literary Awards

The submission period for the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards has ended. Submissions and nominations for the 2019 awards cycle (for books published in 2018) will be accepted starting… More

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