“The thirteenth annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature will focus its lens on today’s fractious relationship between gender and power. Taking place in New York City, May 1-7, 2017, the weeklong Festival will use literature and the arts to address how gender both enables and impairs full participation in politics and society. At a moment of unprecedented threats to freedom and truth, and of emboldened mobilization and resistance, the Festival will connect leading global writers, artists and thinkers with concerned citizens to examine bigotry, misogyny and xenophobia, and to bolster the movement to counter them.”

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December 10, 2015

PEN America

Another addition to your what-to-read-next list: The PEN American Center today posted the longlist for the 2016 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. The finalists will be announced on February 2, 2016, and the winner on March 1, 2016. This year’s judge is Urayoán Noel, a poet, critic, translator, performer, and assistant professor of English and Spanish at New York University. Learn more about the important work of PEN American Center.

Banned Books Week

September 28, 2015

Banned Books WeekBecause books matter, and poetry matters, and words shape the ideas at the heart of poetry, and because some people would still prefer that we do not have access to those ideas/words/poems/books, we note and celebrate Banned Books Week each year.

Although challenges are fewer in number, the American Library Association recorded “311 reported attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves in 2014–2015.” Read more from Chris Finan, director of the American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE).

Banned Books Week, this year highlighting young adult literature, is September 27 – October 3, 2015.

Visit the PEN American Center website to hear Alex Dimitrov reading “I Am Not” and “Personals Ad” by the much-banned Allen Ginsberg and Deborah Landau reading Walt Whitman’s poems “Leaves of Grass” and “Respondez!” And just in case you’re really in the doldrums, get lost on the island of the banned: Pinterest.

free to poem

January 8, 2015

PEN American Center

“For the last 90 years, PEN American Center has been working to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to make it possible for everyone to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others.”

In support of that goal, PEN Poetry Series publishes a poem each week by emerging and established writers. The poems are selected by a guest editor who makes brief comments about the choice and the writing. You can view the poems on the PEN Poetry Series page and you can also subscribe.

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