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February 10, 2016

PEN America highlights three Egyptian writers who represent the fight for freedom of expression, even in the face of immense oppression.

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February 10, 2016

What is your provenance / where did you suffer / what is your affiliation / how are you acquainted with industry / what will you bring to our guild / what are the qualities of a good serf / what is your mission in life and could / you sell me this instance / what is the last pornography that engaged you

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February 9, 2016

"I guess you could say that today our job is to work against the collective numbness. To act as the opposing force. Where there’s shadow, bring a lantern."

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February 8, 2016

"A book is 'great' or canonical, for me, in proportion to the way it rethinks the conventions of form. This might imply that the canon for me is always anti-canonical, which further implies that canonicity is always in flux."

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February 5, 2016

Illustrated PEN guest editor and New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnellyon the plight of journalist Khadija Ismayilova, recipient of the 2015 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award.

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February 4, 2016

Instead of looking at his face, she looked outside. It was raining, what looked like yellow rain on a darker yellow sidewalk. I'm getting married again, he said. We're going to move to Florida.

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February 3, 2016

I want more silence / I want more epics / when we drive / to the ocean / we have everything / we need / we name everything / we see / scream into silos / dying barns / while the green / veins into me / then opens / like a stent

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February 2, 2016

"As a poet with a background in law, I am obsessed by the philosophy, the poetics, and the practice of justice. I am obsessed by what Whitman calls, 'the rights of them the others are down upon.'"

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February 2, 2016

A long jail term and brutal flogging sentence handed down by Saudi Arabia today to Ashraf Fayadh extends the injustice against the esteemed poet.

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February 1, 2016

Not all of these books were easy for me to enter. Yet, all of them have stayed with me and taught me something new about writing, existing in this world.

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