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August 27, 2015

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, educator and poet Mona Lisa Saloy discusses the legacy of Katrina on New Orleans, and shares two poems about the disaster and its aftermath.

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August 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.

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August 26, 2015

Master of fine art? More like paper / airplane disaster factory. // Gerard Manley Hopkins? / More like a clod of Earth flung skyward / towards God's stupid face.

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August 25, 2015

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.

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August 25, 2015

"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."

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August 24, 2015

"We are not trapped in our narrative."

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August 21, 2015

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.

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August 21, 2015

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.

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August 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.

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August 19, 2015

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.

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