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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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Adam Michnik on Revolution

One could say that every revolution has two phases. The first is very beautiful, it is the struggle for freedom. The second is horrible, it’s the struggle for power. More

The PEN Ten with Deborah Smith

I never discuss a translation while I’m working on it, because for me the author’s voice and intention are all there on the page. More

We’re Your Parents

I dream of my babies becoming Marco Rubio and Obamacare. / I slap my son’s face when gene deletion affects his pronunciation. // When I smell perfume, I call… More

The PEN Ten with Nicole Dennis-Benn

My job as a writer is to humanize people on the page … as artists we have a responsibility to dispel ignorance by spreading empathy. More