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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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January 29, 2016

As we wrap up an informative week with our visiting delegation of writers from Russia, the Russian writers who remain on PEN's case list serve as a sobering reminder that there is still much work to be done.

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January 28, 2016

There's a story told of my voice that says it was bought from a witch, the result of an occult surgery. I am said to treat it nightly with arcane oils and ointments, my real voice in a box on the witch's mantel.

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January 28, 2016

PEN’s Writers in the Schools program, a member-led initiative, has been working steadily throughout last semester in schools across New York City, and we are happy to share what our volunteers have been up to.

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