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Oct,02 2015

Writers read the poetry of Liu Xia, who has been under extralegal house arrest since her husband, fellow poet and activist Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2010.

Oct,02 2015

Russian journalist, writer, and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya was assassinated in October 7, 2006. Today's #PENpodcast honors Anna Politkovskaya by featuring Lisa Appignanesi reading from her final unfinished column.

Oct,01 2015

Graham Greene was denied entry to the United States because of his short stint as a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain. As we celebrate Greene's birthday tomorrow, listen to Russell Banks read "The Virtue of Disloyalty," where he talks about a poet's responsibility to be disloyal.

Sep,25 2015

The New American Poetry Anthology 1945 was banned in Colorado because of poems like Gergory Corso's "Marriage." In honor of Banned Books Week, the PEN podcast features Philip Fried reading from the collection.

Sep,25 2015

Rachel Eliza Griffiths reads and excerpt from Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye.

Sep,23 2015

Graphic novelist and The New Yorker cartoonist Marisa Marchetto discusses how coming face to face with Death refocused her life. Here, she speaks with PEN DIY host Angela Ledgerwood, and answers audience questions.

Sep,22 2015

Graphic novelist, activist, and The New Yorker cartoonist Marisa Marchetto talks about her life in fashion and offers guidelines for what to do, and wear, when death comes knocking.

Sep,18 2015

Frank O'Hara's collection Lunch Poems was banned from English classes at Aurora High School in 1976 for its sexual content. In celebration of this year's Banned Books Week, this week's podcast features Claire Donato reading "Ave Maria."

Sep,17 2015

In her presentation for the PEN DIY, “How to Use Death as Your Life Coach,” graphic novelist and The New Yorker cartoonist Marisa Marchetto discusses how coming face to face with Death refocused her life.

Sep,24 2015

Roald Dahl's children's books have been censored and banned consistently for their adult themes of violence, sexual inferences, profanity, and overall themes of "disobedience."Celebrate Banned Books Week with Dahl's take on Little Red Riding Hood.

Sep,30 2013

Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" was banned in Boston in 1881 for its supposed vulgarity. Because the poem acknowledged the existence of sex and homosexuality, it was labeled obscene and cost Whitman his job as a clerk. In celebration of this year's Banned Books Week, today's #PENpodcast features Deborah Landau reading Whitman's poems "Leaves of Grass" and "Respondez!"

Sep,10 2015

In celebration of this year's Banned Books Week, Alex Dimitrov reads "I Am Not" and "Personals Ad" by the frequently-banned Allen Ginsberg.

Sep,07 2015

In commemoration of her birthday on September 7, listen to Jennifer Egan give a reading from her Pulitzer Prize winning book, A Visit From the Goon Squad.

Sep,03 2015

Kiran Desai, whose birthday is today, reads from The Inheritance of Loss at Town Hall Readings: Writing Home, part of the 2007 PEN World Voices Festival. The Inheritance of Loss was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2006.

Aug,31 2015

In today’s #PENpodcast, Ann Goldstein, New Yorker editor and translator extraordinaire, discusses how she goes about translating a writer who uses different registers of language as a theme of the text and, more specifically, how “smarginatura” became “dissolving margins.”

Aug,27 2015

In celebration of her birthday, listen to this archived podcast of Jeanette Winterson, author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. In this podcast, Winterson discusses the role of books and faith in her life at Faith & Reason, from part of the 2006 PEN World Voices Festival.

May,06 2015

"We are not trapped in our narrative."

Aug,20 2015

Anthony Rapp reads from The Nimrod Flipout, collection of stories by acclaimed Israeli writer and graphic novelist Etgar Keret. Today, Keret celebrates his 48th birthday.

May,01 2008

Celebrate Jonathan Franzen's birthday, as well as his newest book, Purity, by listening to this week's #PENpodcast

Aug,13 2015

Eva Hoffman reads "A Poor Christian Looks at the Ghetto" by Czesław Miłosz. This week marks 11 years since Miłosz's death in 2004.