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Apr,09 2015

Jennifer Weiner discusses how important Twitter and Facebook can be to a writer who wants to get their voice heard and their books read.

Mar,25 2015

PEN honored the winners of the 2014 PEN Literary Awards at an annual ceremony held on Septermber 29, 2014 at The New School. This highlights reel takes a look at some of the moving, funny, and inspiring acceptance speeches of the night which illustrate the profound power and impact of the PEN Awards. 

Mar,05 2015

Singer-songwriter, author, and social media goddess Amanda Palmer performs her unreleased song "The Thing About Things" from her upcoming album, as part of the PEN DIY series.

Mar,05 2015

Singer-songwriter, author, social media goddess, and musician Amanda Palmer performs her fiery "Ukelele Anthem" as part of the PEN DIY series.

Mar,05 2015

Singer-songwriter, author, social media goddess Amanda Palmer performs her song "Gaga, Palmer, Madonna; A Polemic" as part of the PEN DIY series.

Mar,05 2015

Rock star, social media goddess, crowd-funding pioneer, and author of The Art of Asking Amanda Palmer shares her five-step DIY talk on how to write a book, how to write a song, how to write a blog, how to write a tweet, and how to deal with people hating all of the above.

Feb,24 2015

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

Feb,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.

Feb,09 2015

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

Feb,09 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.

Feb,09 2015

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

Feb,23 2015

Molly Crabapple, Justin Vivian Bond, John Guare, Ayana Mathis, Eileen Myles, Dina Salah Amer, Andrew Solomon, and Lili Taylor took the stage read from Mohamadou Ould Slahi's Guantánamo Diary.

Feb,05 2015

Erica Jong opened the 2015 PEN DIY season with a passionate talk on how to write the book of your heart.

Dec,05 2014

A short video about PEN America's work defending writers in peril.

Dec,01 2014

Singer-songwriter and author Wesley Stace took the DIY stage on December 1, revealing how he made art for three decades under two names.

Nov,25 2014

In this excerpt from Breakout: Voices from the Inside—A Celebration of the PEN Prison Writing Program 2014, Justin Torres reads “Letter to My Grandnephew” by Christopher Myers.

Nov,21 2014

In this excerpt from Breakout: Voices from the Inside—A Celebration of the PEN Prison Writing Program 2014, Eric Boyd reads “Of Ash and Bone” by Robert Weaver.

Nov,14 2014

Watch Justin Vivian Bond give a crash course in the art of improv and creating a character in five steps.

Oct,06 2014

Listen to poet Natalie Diaz grapple with betraying her family in her book of poetry "When My Brother Was an Aztec" and share about the ongoing Mojave Language Revitalization Program.

Sep,29 2014

On Septmeber 28th, PEN hosted a special event at KGB Bar with readings from the 5 2014 PEN/Bingham finalists:

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