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The PEN/Beyond Margins Award celebrates outstanding books by writers of color published in the United States during the previous year.

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READINGS

Say You're One of Them
by Uwem Akpan

During the day, Fofo encouraged us to play outside the house, saying it would make the infection heal faster. Yet at night, when we needed air the most, he would sigh, lock us in, and tell us that men who would succeed in life knew how to take pain. [More]

Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems
by Juan Felipe Herrera

His eyeteeth clap like his family
for an encore of southwest earth
wolfed with fever
… Skilled and styled to believe
that Moctezuma blood & spirit
… are dead, as he pumps
a book through his ears. [More]

Changing
by Lily Hoang

The day I got that letter that unsigned letter saying: I think you’re a bad person. Please stop lying. Get some social skills. & that I got that letter that unsigned letter on my car & I was more hurt by anonymity than truth. [More]

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2009 Prison Writing Awards

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OCTOBER 13:
Reckoning with Torture: Memos and Testimonies from the “War on Terror”

With Matthew Alexander, Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Amrit Singh, Art Spiegelman, and special guests

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Amazon.com Awards Grant to
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Over the last five years, new media has played a crucial role in the success of PEN American Center’s freedom of expression advocacy. [More]

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

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Iran: A Conversation About the Elections, Protest, and the Future
With Shaul Bakhash, Roger Cohen, Haleh Esfandiari, and Karim Sadjadpour

Readings From Around the Globe
With Bernardo Atxaga, Petina Gappah, Mariken Jongman, Michael Ondaatje, Daniel Sada, Hwang Sok-yong, Bernard Comment, and Colm Tóibín

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