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May 20, 2015

CYAB Committee member Meghan Nuttall Sayres on the Turkish calligrapher Ömer Basdag and the ancient art of handwriting.

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May 20, 2015

Information doesn’t need to be true / to grow itself in your body like a peach / & be given as food to whoever, much later / What the world is / is making currency / from an ever-expanding meaningfulness / that carries no weight

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May 19, 2015

"I think that great stories are inherently much smarter than the people who wrote them, because they are not about inventing something but rather about uniquely exposing something that was already there."

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May 15, 2015

He tried to run over the wife with his truck and then threatened her with a claw hammer. She told the police. Ask yourself why this sign didn’t signify violence.

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May 14, 2015

Join PEN's Translation Committee at BEA 2015 for three brief, informative panels focused on topics of perennial interest to those concerned with the art and profession of literary translation.

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May 14, 2015

A comic strip by New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly about the plight of journalist Khadija Ismayilova, recipient of the 2015 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award.

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May 13, 2015

Richard Flanagan on how his father's traumatic internment at a Japanese POW camp during World War II informed the writing of his Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

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May 13, 2015

u daughter of geechee gods / u femme no longer loving / the butch on top of her, u queer / my nickel plated heaven: / boys with breasts / & moustache / girls with hips / & apple

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May 13, 2015

Edwidge Danticat spoke to John Freeman about how stories are community property, what it means to write for others, and finding a sense of home in Haitian art and books.

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May 11, 2015

"I think literature has a collective purpose, which is to process the reality of lived experience, in much the same way that dreams process the reality of waking life."

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