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January 28, 2015

When I feel a human-sized void, is it instinctual that I fill it with a human?

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January 28, 2015

the woodpecker’s / long tongue, forked / at the base of its throat and / wrapped over the top of its head / and around the eye socket, / squirts through the drill hole / into a gallery of / insects within / the dead cactus.

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January 27, 2015

"I live in a time and place where poetry is rarely read, much less taken as a provocation. I will reserve the term "daring" for writers in other parts of the world, and other parts of history, who face actual horrific consequences."

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January 23, 2015

Karl Ove Knausgård delivered this year's keynote address at the 14th Oxfam Novib/ PEN-International Awards for Freedom of Expression, in which he championed courageous writers from around the world who "write what must not be written."

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January 23, 2015

"Urzidil’s world is still very much an enchanted one, with an underlying, often mystical meaning and sense of connectedness. Urzidil is a truth-seeker, and I knew I had to translate him, perhaps as a kind of cosmic ransom."

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January 23, 2015

In a major rediscovery, Burnett brings us the work of Urzidil, a writer from the Prague Circle whose fiction only blossomed later in life, as a writer-in-exile in the United States. Burnett captures both the humanity and the erudite yet humble charm of one of Urzidil's short stories.

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January 22, 2015

In this week’s PEN Ten, our content director, Antonio Aiello, interviews Lauren Cerand, New York City book publicist and co-founder and curator of the PEN Ten interview series.

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January 22, 2015

John Freeman and Cristina Henríquez will judge the new $10,000 PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize.

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January 21, 2015

PEN is relaunching its DIY series with Erica Jong, Jennifer Weiner, and Amanda Palmer headlining our first three events at The Ace Hotel’s Liberty Hall.

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January 21, 2015

was her face moving or talking, were the words her own; was it because she was missing or because of something else; if moving how grainy, was it from a surveillance camera or a phone or a video camera; would people paint her, would the paintings be any good; would they get tattoos of her, would she have hoped someone would;

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