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September 29, 2014

Books with any kind of diversity are disproportionately challenged versus books by and about straight white males.

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September 29, 2014

You are the ruin whose arm encircles the young woman / at the posthumous bar, before your death.

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September 29, 2014

We fill pre-existing forms and when we fill them we change them and are changed.

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September 29, 2014

—Is it bitter? Does her soul / tell her / that she was an idiot ever to think / anything / material wholly could satisfy?

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September 29, 2014

PEN American Center conferred the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award for Debut Fiction on Shawn Vestal for 'Godforsaken Idaho.'

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September 29, 2014

On Septmeber 28th, PEN hosted a special event at KGB Bar with readings from the 5 2014 PEN/Bingham finalists:

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September 25, 2014

The cruelties and abuses taking place today in Syria defy all comprehension. Perhaps not even literature, or the language itself, is sufficient to be able to depict what is happening. But how then can we tell the rest of the world about it, asks Syrian writer Omar Kaddour.

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September 25, 2014

Our mother's sight was fine, but she often behaved as a blind person would; she moved through the world as a sleepwalker.

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September 25, 2014

I was immortal in my ability to be knocked down / and spread myself out to take the punch again. / In this sense I am still a mother. / I am forever taking the punch in the gut. / No one asked for my consent.

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September 24, 2014

Dear James Baldwin, How do you think psychotherapy would have changed your writing?

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