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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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The PEN Ten with Tina Chang

"We are each placed here to carry out something quite distinctive, quite separate. That individuality of purpose makes for friction that is very much alive." More

from The Immanent Field

Additional officers were brought in when they realized the protestors didn’t want any one thing • What the state wants is an artist class that entertains, like wrestlers More

The PEN Ten with Trish Salah

"Censorship is inevitable, part of psychic life and engaging with other people. The censorship of political speech is deplorable and to be resisted, but also is often not recognized… More

The PEN Ten with Óscar Martínez

"I’ve written words that could murder people. I’ve written about people who, by giving their testimony, could have gotten murdered. I’ve written words about people who, because of what… More

Conversion on the Road to Malha

Orner is a master at delineating cultural divides and human foibles, and in this series of autobiographical stories set in Israel, he’s as sharply observant and drolly humorous as… More

Five Poems by Steven Alvarez

0:44these are citizens of the united states championship / 0:49which is issued from former democratic fight hackers are children before you / 0:55think you have to have a very… More

Rewriting Marcos

In Mexico, I am an activist against violence; in the US, I am always against amnesia, but to be more geographically specific, in the Sonora desert, I am a… More

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