The PEN Ten
The PEN Ten is PEN America's weekly interview series. We keep the ten questions relatively unchanged to see how the answers vary from contributor to contributor, over time, and through social, political, and financial ups and downs, knowing that no two responses will ever be the same. Past participants have included Roxane Gay, Etgar Keret, Chris Abani, Amitava Kumar, Elif Batuman, and Mohsin Hamid.
Founded by Lauren Cerand and Antonio Aiello, the current guest editors are Randa Jarrar, Natalie Diaz, Alex Segura, Nicole Sealey, and Ken Chen. They will be soliciting a broad range of interviews from writers, poets, and translators they admire.
I would caution us to refrain from spending too much time in articulating [writers'] collective purpose for fear of leaching the blood out of the “uncontrollable mystery on the bestial floor,” and most especially for fear of the great killer of art...Read More  »
"Perhaps some might not think of this as censorship, but how a society remembers can’t be separated from how it wants to be remembered or from what it wishes it was. Silences have reinforced a status quo that continues to privilege what’s always...Read More  »
"A writer’s “revolutionary duty,” as Gabriel García Márquez once put it, is 'to write well.' The responsibility of a human being, on the other hand, is to practice compassion for others while growing justice in this world. Since (most) writers are...Read More  »