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The PEN Ten

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

April 21, 15

I believe it's the writer's job to tell society what it pretends it doesn't know. Read More  »

April 14, 15

We are no longer living in an era of the printed word radiating outward from author toward readers. Words come in short bursts, ideas ping-pong, thinking itself has become collective. The group thinks together. Sometimes this is good. Read More  »

April 7, 15

"Are they influences? My obsessions are numerous and varied and therefore lead me to my greatest obsession: to be still, to know silence within, to be so still that in the words of that poet—I forget his or her name—shy creatures will come close to...Read More  »

March 31, 15

"Every word becomes dangerous when words fall into a wave of social movements." Read More  »

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  »