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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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Next World Tarot

A visual spectacle of both the battle cry and the reconnection between outcasts and their criminalized identities. More

#Snowflake

I remember that horrible feeling on election night, when it became clear things were rapidly going south. More

Weekend After

I grew up in the deep south during segregation. It was the worst racism and discrimination. But we fought and we didn’t let ourselves become hopeless. More

Sickness

Is there anyone with any actual power who will stand up for us? Any Republicans with a shred of conscience? Any democrats with a shred of spine? More

Precious Time

There’s nothing like losing your country when you’re little to help you see NATIONALISM as the strange and unnatural thing that it is. More

Identity

From every corner they emerge, those who want to punish us for simply existing. More

Evident Truths

My Maternal grandmother was 6 years old when the 19th amendment passed. Her mother, who was illiterate, wouldn’t get to vote until her daughters brought her to the polls… More

Two Poems by Roberto Montes

This week in the PEN Poetry Series, PEN America features two poems by Roberto Montes.  The Estate Taxed I should have taken the amaranth soap From the rich prick's bathroom Should have mothered… More

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