PEN America Blog
We, our parents, and grandparents paid for levees so strong, the Dutch hold back the North Sea with our design, but our levees broke and caused what we now call “The Federal Flood”, a flood that could have been avoided if the Army Corps of Engineers had not built the levees shorter and cheaper than what was designed and agreed was safest.
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.
Get ready, book lovers! PEN is excited to be a Programming Partner for the Tenth Annual Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 20. Over 40 PEN Members are participating in a variety of talks, readings, and special events throughout the day. We hope to see you there.
"When I came to America, I found that censorship had no home on the ground, but it was somehow in the air, implicit. Speech here is usually restricted to what is “acceptable.” In other words, censorship precedes speech here in America, as opposed to Iraq’s way, where censorship follows speech."
"We are not trapped in our narrative."
A new website featuring articles, essays, fiction, and films by both established and new LGBTQI artists and writers, as well as information and campaign resources about the violence too often used to silence these same voices.
Each one I held lightly in my palm—blowing on it to see it quiver, examining its ridges, squeezing it until the shell was as warm as my skin. Then I’d tuck it inside my cheek to suck on it and make my saliva taste like earth. That acorn would become my “lucky” acorn.
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.
Why did you come here. What do you want. Are you filming this. Do you live in this neighborhood. Do you feel comfortable. Can I ask is that a weave. Is the neighborhood treating you well. Do you read the news. Where’s your real hair. Do you like America.