PEN America Archive

Why the MFA System Should Be Used to Subvert Cuts to the NEA

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The scariest part of the proposed cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities is that people seem to have accepted them already.

Round-Up: PEN America Responds to Trump, the Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair, and Johnny Cash’s Poems

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From PEN America’s response to the election of a new collection of poems by Johnny Cash, here are last week’s biggest literary headlines.

Round-Up: Writers Address the Next President, J.K. Rowlng’s New eBooks, and the New PEN/Nabokov Award

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From PEN America's new award to a new Harry Potter ebook series, here are last week's biggest literary headlines.

Round-Up: THE BELL JAR’s New Cinematic Adaptation, a Reading at Oscar Wilde’s Prison, and PEN America’s New Awards

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From a new film adaption of The Bell Jar to a massive reading in honor of Oscar Wilde, here are this week's biggest literary stories.

Round-Up: Ahmed Naji, Katherine Dunn, and More

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From a protest over the imprisonment of an Egyptian writer to the first ever female-led crime writing festival, here are the latest literary headlines: PEN America is teaming up with writers across the globe to protest the “unjust imprisonment” of Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji. Last week, at least 120 prominent

Round-Up: National Poetry Month, Imre Kertész, and a PEN Award

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From tips to celebrating National Poetry Month to a winner announcement for a literary prize, here’s last week’s literary news: April is National Poetry Month. The Academy of American Poets suggests several ways to celebrate this year, including participating in Poem in Your Pocket Day, pledging to read a poem

Round-Up: Perseus Acquired; PEN America and Windham Campbell Prize Winners Announced

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From Hachette’s acquisition of Perseus Book Group to author recognition through literary awards, here’s the recent literary news:   Last September, Perseus Book Group announced that it was looking for potential buyers after a 2014 deal with Hachette Book Group fell through. Now, the two companies have announced that they