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  • Guantánamo Diary: An Evening of Reading and Conversation

    BY PEN America
    Authors, activists, and PEN Members ranging from Lili Taylor to Andrew Solomon to Ayana Mathis and poet Eileen Myles took the stage in front of a packed house for a unique reading to give voice...

  • Remembering Philip Levine (1928–2015)

    BY PEN America
    PEN mourns the passing of PEN member and former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, whose portraits of blue-collar life in the United States were grounded in his experiences of growing up in...

  • Three Poems by Camille Rankine

    BY Camille Rankine
    I have decided I am not // afraid and in this hopeful state I call out to the living / we have been cleansed word has come down / from the hilltop we are one // people so we put our differences...

  • The Transparency Project

    BY Alissa Nutting
    She watched her heart beating again and again like an unanswered question, like a phone in her chest that would not stop ringing.

  • The Impossible Fairy Tale

    BY Han Yujoo
    The Impossible Fairy Tale is the first novel by one of South Korea’s most promising young writers. In Hong’s pitch-perfect, limpid translation, this meta-fictional story of two small girls, one...

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February 26, 2015

For the relaunch of The PEN Ten interview series, guest editors Randa Jarrar, Natalie Diaz, Nicole Sealey, and Alex Segura will introduce us to the writers, editors, and translators they admire.

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February 25, 2015

Everything in and of war in war. / Every flight and branch and wing, / A body of war: a woman brushing a boy’s hair— / War—the wild turkey napping in the shade— / War—In what shall we trust? What will resist / Even this declaration of war? Certainly not the houses / Or the crow obliterated against the window.

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February 24, 2015

But I was not a destroyer of worlds. Not really. I had destroyed one world, singular, and it was just a very small one. I hadn’t even meant to create it.

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February 24, 2015

"There is no responsibility of the writer that is different from the responsibility of the human being."

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February 24, 2015

The massacre at Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 brought urgent questions about censorship, satire, offense, and artistic responsibility to the forefront.

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February 23, 2015

As part of "Guantánamo Diary: An Evening of Reading and Conversation," Molly Crabapple read "I See His Face" from Mohamedou Ould Slahi's memoir.

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February 23, 2015

As part of "Guantánamo Diary: An Evening of Reading and Conversation," Eileen Myles read "Great American Sex" from Mohamedou Ould Slahi's memoir.

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February 23, 2015

As part of "Guantánamo Diary: An Evening of Reading and Conversation," Justin Vivian Bond read "Enemy to Enemy" from Mohamedou Ould Slahi's memoir.

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February 23, 2015

As part of "Guantánamo Diary: An Evening of Reading and Conversation," Ayana Mathis read "In the Koran" from Mohamedou Ould Slahi's memoir.

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February 20, 2015

The “essay film” is Marker’s invention and natural element, its best specimens brilliant orchestrations of image and text and sound, of intuition (the snapped photo—and Marker’s images are nearly always still, even when they are moving) and reflection (the commentary).

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