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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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Day & Night For It

They brandished torches—the tiki kind you can buy at any big-box store for backyard barbecue—the kind that hold a well of flammable oil. They shouted… More

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Boundaries and Borders: A Reading List

In celebration of PEN Out Loud: Boundaries and Borders, PEN America and the Strand Book Store created a comprehensive book list of Latinx authors who have impacted and shaped… More

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I Write Banned Books: A Reading List

Banned Books Week is September 24–30, and as well as enthusiastically celebrating the banned books that have shaped us, we take this time to highlight the censorship that still… More

Lara Croft Was My Family

I often think about how, as a family, we watched dad play every Tomb Raider game? That was fun wasn't it?? "Please save after this please save please..." More

The PEN Ten with Kamilah Aisha Moon

Facts seem immutable, but they are used to construct reality and serve experience, which varies so widely and seems inextricably tied to what one believes. More

The M Word Stories: Yusuf Siddiquee

You can relate to being unfairly singled out for having a different religion, culture...But more importantly, you are a part of a super diverse community that transcends the aforementioned… More

The PEN Ten with Carmen Maria Machado

Government censorship is never acceptable. Private organizations have the right to dictate what sorts of ideas they want to host or sponsor, and should be held accountable for those… More

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Reclaiming Our Time: A Reading List

A feminist reading list in celebration of next week's PEN Out Loud event: Reclaiming Our Time, a feminist retrospective featuring Carmen Maria Machado, Min Jin Lee, and Morgan Jerkins… More