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November 24, 15

"I think the responsibility of the writer is to interrogate their reality and the reality of what they see and then write that. I do believe there is collective power in these individual truths." Read More  »

November 17, 15

"The responsibility of the writer is a hydra-headed practice of witnessing and action. That means accountability—to a greater world and to, especially, my own spiritual ecosystem." Read More  »

November 10, 15

"In order for the world to function, we have to accept a certain level of falseness. It’s the responsibility of the writer to expose that falseness." Read More  »

November 3, 15

"A writer’s “revolutionary duty,” as Gabriel García Márquez once put it, is 'to write well.' The responsibility of a human being, on the other hand, is to practice compassion for others while growing justice in this world. Since (most) writers are...Read More  »

October 27, 15

"I have a responsibility to history to get out of the way and try as best I can to document what I see, even if it is internal, because I believe deeply that the internal is one of the richest sites of history." Read More  »

October 23, 15

Robert Shapard and Christopher Merrill, co-editors of the anthology Flash Fiction International, in conversation about the form and translating it. Read More  »

October 20, 15

Adriana Ramírez is the winner of the inaugural PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize for her manuscript "Dead Boys," which takes an unflinching look at the bodies of those who have died too young: people hanged by a drug cartel on the U.S.-Mexico...Read More  »

October 13, 15

"So many of the awful things I see in the real world seem at their heart to stem from a failure of empathy, from an unwillingness to see those around us as full-fledged people in their own right, with all of the flaws and mistakes and emotions and...Read More  »

October 6, 15

"My most recurrent images involve water, and specifically, our rescue in the Straits of Florida when we escaped from Cuba: our small wooden fishing boat up against a giant oil freighter so big it was like a giant wall, and Cuba on the other side,...Read More  »

October 1, 15

I uncover here a responsibility I feel—to attempt disinhibition, to include affective knowledge, to be inside the body, to report from a place of personal discomfort or unease. Ursula LeGuin says in coming years we’re going to need writers who can...Read More  »