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  • Dakota Incident

    BY John Ashbery
    His mother passed away, / cold errant, / in the cardboard container, / going begging / with a good shiny pen. / See what was so good about it.

  • The PEN Ten with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

    Fidel Castro as the measure of all things. Why is it that no Latin American writer, after almost a century of tradition with the so-called “novels of the dictator,” has known how to deal with the...

  • Hairy Bacon and Digital Censorship in China: an Interview with Jason Q. Ng

    BY Deji Olukotun
    Why is the term hairy bacon banned online in China? We spoke with the author and tech activist to learn more about microblogging, censorship, and what issues to watch in 2015.

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September 2, 2014

My obsession is to get it right, plot, characters, atmosphere, logic. I never go to sleep without figuring out what I will write tomorrow.

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August 29, 2014

As the nation rallies to fight Ebola, a group of internet activists are busy crafting landmark legislation to protect free expression online, reports our Freedom to Write fellow from Abuja.

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August 29, 2014

“The girls and the women here wanted to hear about my time in freedom outside the prison walls, but I could not wait to share my stories about my freedom inside the prison walls.”

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August 29, 2014

Though she’s rotten to the core, I reckon I’ve always loved Tina Elliot, from the first time I laid eyes on her. She came in the store with her mother right after I started working there, just a little-bitty thing, said she’d give me a kiss for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

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August 27, 2014

I'll want to die first so you / can do this for me, though you'll / want to die first too. It's not / selfish to want to be said goodbye / to. Let's not argue. Let's both die / first together

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August 27, 2014

PEN remembers former PEN American Center President and distinguished novelist and historian Charles Bracelen Flood, 84, who died on August 15, 2014.

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August 21, 2014

In spite of totalitarian suppression, the Internet opened a door for freedom of speech. The regime is always met by new waves of “hacktivism” and software for activists. IT journalist Linus Larsson clarifies the cyber-situation and defines terms such as Tor, NSA, and PGP.

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August 20, 2014

No one refrains from repeating the gesture forever. / New York as seen from a plane / Writing its name in the sky. / What once appeared to be litter is revealed / As a series of glacial deposits / Artists have doctored

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August 15, 2014

In 2012, Alireza Roshan was incarcerated at Evin prison in Iran—known for housing political prisoners and dissidents—on charges of “incitement and collusion with intent to disrupt national security." He wrote five poems from his cell for the Dissident Blog.

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August 14, 2014

From a field of 120 applicants, the Fund’s Advisory Board has selected fifteen projects for funding.


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