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PEN American Center

April 26, 15

"Workers writing poems, as Jacques Rancière says in Proletarian Nights, is still a pretty radical idea." Read More  »

April 21, 15

I believe it's the writer's job to tell society what it pretends it doesn't know. Read More  »

April 21, 15

In the realm beyond conventional reason there can be found opportunities to transcend the categories that corrupt our social interactions. Read More  »

April 14, 15

We are no longer living in an era of the printed word radiating outward from author toward readers. Words come in short bursts, ideas ping-pong, thinking itself has become collective. The group thinks together. Sometimes this is good. Read More  »

April 13, 15

Lagos is not a place where people come on holiday. I would love to have people come and see it for themselves after reading my pieces. Read More  »

April 7, 15

"Are they influences? My obsessions are numerous and varied and therefore lead me to my greatest obsession: to be still, to know silence within, to be so still that in the words of that poet—I forget his or her name—shy creatures will come close to...Read More  »

March 31, 15

"Every word becomes dangerous when words fall into a wave of social movements." Read More  »

March 24, 15

"The big issues of life are explored in crime fiction because so much is laid bare there. They are about loss, guilt, survival—everything that matters." Read More  »

March 16, 15

"The attempt to destroy ideas is almost always futile, so censorship ultimately becomes less about controlling the ideas of the text, and more about performing a public act of symbolic social repression." Read More  »

March 10, 15

"I do not think of myself as a writer, though I do write and often use the label for convenience: being a writer is much easier to explain than being a poet. Historically, “writers” have ascribed a set of responsibilities to themselves or committed...Read More  »