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Prison Writing Awards

Every year, the PEN Prison Writing Program recognizes the work of writers imprisoned throughout the country. Presented below are uncensored writings from this year's Prison Writing Contest winners.

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READINGS

I Wore Chains to My Father's Funeral
by Charles P. Norman

In her grief, my mother bought pants the same size as I wore in high school, forgetting that I had added thirty pounds in the past eighteen years, but I made do. In the mirror I adjusted my tie and stared at the well-dressed stranger who stared back at me. Who was that man? [More]

A Fresh End
by Zachary Redfearne

The irony here is that probably no one knows who this Sanitos is or even who named this place. People read up on pariahs. We slobber over scandals, not saints. [More]

In a Nut’s Cell
by Rick Matzke

Lepidoptera or Butterflies
by Richard Miller

Thoughts When the Cell Door Closes
by Michael McLean

eBoy
by Paresh Patel

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PEN WELCOMES

Steven L. Isenberg
PEN American Center announces the appointment of Steven L. Isenberg as Executive Director. [More]

PEN REMEMBERS

Frank McCourt
Teacher, Pulitzer Prize–winning storyteller, and PEN Member, dies at 78. [More]

IRAN: A CONVERSATION



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WORLD VOICES MULTIMEDIA

1,000 Words: The Power of Visual Storytelling
With Emmanuel Guibert, David Polonsky, Shaun Tan, and Jonathan Ames

Richard Ford in Conversation with Nam Le

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The Prison Yard
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Mr. Sandman: Neil Gaiman at PWV
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ADVOCACY NEWS

figueroa8/19/09: PEN American Center Protests Conviction of Guatemalan Publisher


Natalia7/17/09: Appeals Court Reverses Decision on Exclusion of Foreign Scholar Tariq Ramadan


Natalia7/16/09: 100 International Writers Call for Release of Journalist Maziar Bahari in Iran


Natalia7/15/09: PEN American Center Condemns Murder of Natalia Estemirova


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CAMPAIGN FOR CORE FREEDOMS
PEN Challenges FISA Amendments Act

Programs that allow governments to spy on their own citizens are often directed against writers and intellectuals; surveillance in general poses a serious threat to the intellectual and creative freedoms of all citizens. [More]

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PETITION TO FREE LIU XIAOBO


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