Updates on the Coronavirus from PEN America

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Editor’s Note

June 9, 2020

Rallying Against Hate

May 27, 2020

Protest Rights Under Siege

May 27, 2020

Chilean Authorities Appear to Condone Erasure of Art Installation

May 22, 2020

Diving Beneath the Waves

May 21, 2020

A Florida Scientist Punished for Doing Her Job

May 20, 2020

The Freedom to Write

May 19, 2020

Looking Through Time; Plus Tough Questions

May 15, 2020

Re-Reading Mary Shelley

May 14, 2020

Temperature Check: The Women’s Issue

May 13, 2020

Calling On Cities to Support Writers

May 13, 2020

“The need is just unprecedented right now, so to the extent that organizations, backed by the city, can be thinking about creating meaningful pathways for people to not just survive but to ultimately thrive in some kind of future, I think that’s the work we should be doing right now.”

Why Fish Don’t Exist

May 13, 2020

“The book really does look at resilience, and what becomes of you when you are optimistic in the face of unthinkable tragedy, failure, and destruction. On one hand, I wondered, ‘Does that lead you into danger?’ We hear of Icarus, time and time again — hubris is dangerous. But then at the same time, we get this cultural message that grit and perseverance is the stuff of heroes.”

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Negotiating the Zoom Classroom

May 12, 2020

A Hungarian Tale

May 11, 2020

Social Media Platforms on Defense, Plus How Global PEN Centers Are Coping

May 8, 2020

Imprisoned Writers Confronting COVID-19

May 8, 2020

Claiming Ourselves Through Language, Plus Bookstores Around the Country

May 7, 2020

The PEN World Voices Festival is BACK

May 7, 2020

Charles Yu on Stereotypes, Plus a New Reading List

May 6, 2020

Risks to Civil Liberties Across Russia, Eurasia

May 6, 2020

An American Life In Italy

May 5, 2020

Just Press Play: Oksana Zabuzhko

May 4, 2020

Thrillers in a Time of Crisis

May 4, 2020

Unorthodox, Plus Some Tough Free Speech Questions

May 1, 2020

Limits on Government Data a Symptom of Crisis

May 1, 2020

A National Wakeup Call

May 1, 2020

Critically Engaging With the World

April 30, 2020

Natural Prayer of the Human Soul

April 29, 2020

Live From the Car’s Backseat: Brandon Shimoda

April 28, 2020

Looking to the States to Support Local Journalism

April 27, 2020

A King of Warsaw Shares His Picks

April 27, 2020

Anti-Muslim Sentiment in The Royal Abduls

April 27, 2020

Kids’ Reads for the Quarantine

April 24, 2020

Poetry and Beauty, Plus Tough Questions With Suzanne Nossel

April 24, 2020

The Paris Review Shifts Into Isolation Mode

April 23, 2020

A Scientist is Fired for Truth Telling

April 23, 2020

Green Card Decision Reflects Disregard, Disgust for International Voices

April 22, 2020

Belonging in the World

April 22, 2020

Risotto and the Grand Canyon; Plus Small Publishers and the Pandemic

April 22, 2020

Exploring Post-Pandemic Fiction and Reality; Elevating Local Journalism

April 21, 2020

Hong Kong Arrests Activists Amid COVID-19 Distraction

April 20, 2020

Just Press Play: Tommy Pico

April 20, 2020

Science Fiction and Our New Reality

April 20, 2020

Putting Pressure on Congress

April 17, 2020

Keeping Company

April 17, 2020

Screenwriters Are Hurting; Plus Tough Questions With Our CEO

April 17, 2020

Zoombombing Is New. The Techniques Aren’t.

April 16, 2020

Iranian Author Ali Araghi on Uncertainty and Translation

April 16, 2020

Defending Access to Literature Behind Bars

April 16, 2020

Bernardine Evaristo on the Emergence of Characters

April 15, 2020

An Even More Outrageous Press Conference

April 14, 2020

Burma Detains Street Artists

April 14, 2020

One of the arrested artists in front of the mural in question.

COVID-19 and Mass Incarceration

April 14, 2020

Missouri Governor Bans Reporters From Daily Briefing

April 14, 2020

Don’t Let Leaders Use Coronavirus As an Excuse to Violate Civil Liberties

April 13, 2020

A World Apart, Censorship Rears Its Head

April 13, 2020

Mapping Out the Virus With Dr. Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell

April 13, 2020

What Professors Need to Know About Online Hate

April 10, 2020

Local Bookshops and How You Can Support Them

April 10, 2020

Just Press Play With Your Favorite Authors

April 10, 2020

A Debut Novel, Plus Some Tough Questions

April 10, 2020

Puerto Rico’s Disinformation Misstep

April 9, 2020

Experiencing COVID-19 Inside America’s Prisons

April 9, 2020

In This Together?

April 9, 2020

PEN America Leads Coalition Calling for Local News Relief Package

April 8, 2020

Staying Connected, Reading War and Peace

April 8, 2020

How Coronavirus Is Changing Literary Culture

April 7, 2020

Being More Present in the Moment

April 6, 2020

Healthy Skepticism for Russia’s COVID-19 Surveillance Measures

April 3, 2020

Crisis Aboard a U.S. Vessel, Questions Over Punishing Speech

April 3, 2020

Time For Tough Questions

April 3, 2020

A Magnificent Time to Write

April 2, 2020

A Temperature Check on COVID-19 Conditions in U.S. Prisons

April 1, 2020

Turkmenistan, Iran Take Draconian Measures Under Cover of Coronavirus

April 1, 2020

Reimagining the Future With Jamie Metzl

April 1, 2020

Journalists Are Among First Responders

March 31, 2020

A Tale of Two Crises

March 31, 2020

Taking Advantage of a Crisis: A Conversation With Reza Aslan

March 30, 2020

The Virus of Information Suppression

March 29, 2020

It’s Time For a Local News Bailout

March 27, 2020

Trump’s Bullying of TV Stations Airing Critical Coronavirus Ad

March 27, 2020

Gregory Pardlo on Self-Reflection, Unexpected Joy

March 27, 2020

Mental Health and the Outbreak

March 26, 2020

Thai Artist Arrested Over Coronavirus Facebook Posts

March 26, 2020

Protect Yourself From Coronavirus Disinformation

March 25, 2020

Victory! PEN America’s Lawsuit Against Trump Moves Forward

March 25, 2020

Now More Than Ever, Policymakers Should Fund Local Journalism

March 24, 2020

How We’re Reinventing

March 24, 2020

Reporting on Disinformation, One Meme at a Time

March 24, 2020

Call to Record Professors “Wrongheaded” Amid Coronavirus Crisis

March 23, 2020

Hopeful Thinking and Magic

March 23, 2020

A Poetry Collection for Our Current Moment

March 20, 2020

Trump Chides Reporter for Coronavirus Question

March 20, 2020

China Is Fighting the Coronavirus Propaganda War to Win

March 20, 2020

Social Distancing as a Form of Solidarity

March 20, 2020

Wash Your Hands, Read a Book, Protect Your Heart

March 19, 2020

Egyptian Writer Detained Over Coronavirus Protest

March 18, 2020

The PEN Pod: Day One!

March 18, 2020

China’s Smear of Mario Vargas Llosa

March 17, 2020

Providing Support for Artists

March 17, 2020

China Boots U.S. Reporters

March 17, 2020

The PEN Pod Launches Tomorrow

March 17, 2020

A Tough Decision Day for PEN America

March 16, 2020

White House Limiting Access to Coronavirus Deliberations

March 13, 2020

Literature in the Time of Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

A New Jersey Official Threatens Criminal Prosecutions for Virus Disinformation

March 11, 2020

A Coronavirus Update From PEN America

March 11, 2020

Truth Has Become a Coronavirus Casualty

March 9, 2020

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