Series: The PEN Po‪d‬

As an organization that’s all about the literary community, PEN America knows that the current health crisis is hitting our Members and friends particularly hard. The PEN Pod is meant to provide regular updates and conversations about literature and free expression, and provide an outlet for our in-person events that have been postponed or canceled.

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Queer Poem a Day; Plus, Tough Questions on Belarus, a Cussing Cheerleader, and Hong Kong

On this episode of The PEN Pod, we talk to podcast hosts Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno who produce Queer Poem a Day, a podcast series of contemporary LGBTQ+ poetry. Then, Suzanne Nossel of PEN America talks about media crackdowns in Belarus and Hong Kong, plus a cheerleader has her First Amendment rights upheld by…

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The M Word: Centering Muslim American Voices

On this special edition of The PEN Pod, we introduce a weeklong town hall series called The M Word, centering American Muslim voices through live, in-person, and virtual conversations that bring together writers, artists, and thought leaders across a range of genres, expertise, and platforms. Our Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf speaks with our M Word panel…

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Tough Questions on Iran, Digital Sovereignty, and Divisive Topics; Plus, Crimean Seven Years After the Occupation

Today on The PEN Pod, we discuss the state of free expression in Iran, digital sovereignty and the splintering of a free internet, and the teaching of divisive topics as part of our weekly Tough Questions segment. Then, Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Emine Dzheppar on the state of play on the Crimean…

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Tough Questions on COVID, Reporters’ Emails, and Critical Race Theory

On this week’s edition, we’re back with a new installment of tough questions, where we pore through hard questions about free speech and free expression with our CEO Suzanne Nossel. This week, we discuss CNN reporters and the battle over emails, conspiracy theories over the origins of COVID, and critical race theory and laws attempting…

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The Russian Key; Plus, Tough Questions on Belarus, Content Takedowns, and Media Personnel Decisions

On this edition of The PEN Pod, we discuss with human rights leader Jeri Laber her new work of fiction, The Russian Key, a Cold War tale of intrigue with lessons for today’s global crises. And Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America, joins to wade through the week’s tough questions about Belarus, internet content takedowns,…

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Festival Day Five: Brian Broome and Unapologetic Memoir

On this final day of the 2021 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, our Jared Jackson sits down with Brian Broome to discuss his debut memoir Punch Me Up to the Gods. Plus, we take a look back at the 2021 festival. Learn more at pen.org/festival. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/message Support…

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Festival Day Four: Kawai Strong Washburn and Magical Storytelling

As we enter the penultimate day of the PEN World Voices Festival, we hear from PEN/Hemingway Award winner Kawai Strong Washburn about myth-making, magic, and storytelling. Plus we look at what the Festival has in store for its final days. Tickets on sale at pen.org/festival. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/message Support this podcast:…

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Festival Day Three: Torrey Peters and Liberation Literature

On today’s special edition of The PEN Pod, we bring you a conversation with author of Detransition, Baby Torrey Peters—featured in this week’s PEN World Voices Festival—on family dynamics through the lens of the lived transgender experience. Plus, we preview the next day of the Festival. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/message Support this…

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Festival Day Two: Allison Markin Powell and Gabriela Page-Fort, and Bringing Translated Literature to Vast Audiences

On this special edition of The PEN Pod, our Nancy Vitale talks to Allison Markin Powell and Gabriela Page-Fort about bringing translated literature to a wide audience. And we preview the day ahead of the PEN World Voices Festival. Tickets on sale at pen.org/festival. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/penamerica/support

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Festival Day One: Masha Gessen, Ayad Akhtar, and the PEN World Voices Festival

As we dive into the first day of the 2021 PEN World Voices Festival, we talk to virtual co-hosts Ayad Akhtar and Masha Gessen, who share their thoughts on a global virtual festival as we still contend with global crises. Then, we preview the week ahead for the festival—tickets are on sale at pen.org/festival. —…

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