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The PEN Ten

The PEN Ten is PEN America's weekly interview series.

March 24, 15

"The big issues of life are explored in crime fiction because so much is laid bare there. They are about loss, guilt, survival—everything that matters." Read More  »

March 16, 15

"The attempt to destroy ideas is almost always futile, so censorship ultimately becomes less about controlling the ideas of the text, and more about performing a public act of symbolic social repression." Read More  »

March 10, 15

"I do not think of myself as a writer, though I do write and often use the label for convenience: being a writer is much easier to explain than being a poet. Historically, “writers” have ascribed a set of responsibilities to themselves or committed...Read More  »

March 3, 15

"I am very conscious that the crime novel has taken on a lot of the trappings of the social novel. But it most interests me for its ability to lure people into feeling genuine empathy." Read More  »

February 26, 15

For the relaunch of The PEN Ten interview series, guest editors Randa Jarrar, Natalie Diaz, Nicole Sealey, Alex Segura, and Ken Chen will introduce us to the writers, editors, and translators they admire. Read More  »

February 24, 15

"There is no responsibility of the writer that is different from the responsibility of the human being." Read More  »

January 27, 15

"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." Read More  »

January 22, 15

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. Read More  »

January 6, 15

"Thought is only accomplished alone. A hive of thought is preferable to the drone. No drones." Read More  »

December 30, 14

"As a feminist and a poet, I think it's incredibly important to have your voice heard, and having a voice is a platform." Read More  »