PEN America Blog
Over 1,500 stories, memoirs, poems, and plays were submitted by men and women serving time from nearly every state in the country to PEN's 2015 Prison Writing Contest.
Carlos Monsiváis reads from his novel Mexican Postcards at the event The Global City, part of the 2006 PEN World Voices Festival.
I still dream about those women, you know, but they are faceless. They come to me shrouded, reaching, their hands and fingers searching for mine, wanting to touch my nails, my fingers, my callous hands, and wrap themselves around my flesh: we are one.
Rajiv Mohabir is the recipient of a 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for his translation of Lalbihari Sharma’s Holi Songs of Demerara, the only known literary work by one of the thousands of East Indians indentured to work the sugarcane fields in Guyana.
These poems and their themes of separation from the beloved inform a very Caribbean poetic: one of struggle and cultural fragmenting.
Canadian poet, novelist, critic, essayist, and environmental activist Margaret Atwood attempts to answer the question "Does writing change anything?"
Introducing our new series showcasing the work of the over 140 centers that form PEN International. This month we speak to the Belarusian PEN Center on free expression challenges and literary traditions in Belarus.
"Harris's liberatory poetics move between text on the page, visual meanings, and sound meanings. It is in the last category where the poems chosen this month live, where they vibrate into the throat of what cannot otherwise be spoken."