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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

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 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 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, Cristina Henríquez, and Gish Jen 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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January 17, 2015

In Paris and throughout France, millions took to the street last Sunday in support of freedom of expression. And yet, in Italy, at the end of this month, one of Europe’s best-known authors, Erri De Luca, will soon be tried for a crime of opinion.

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