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Cover Photo: The PEN America Literary Awards symbol against a blue and green background. Next to that, a photo of author Sena Moon, smiling.
A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Sena Moon

“It’s hard to keep the imposter syndrome at bay.”

Sep 18, 2020
Cover Photo: A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Valerie Hegarty by Catapult Books
A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Valerie Hegarty

“Some studies have actually found that a cat's purring can help mend broken bones.”

Sep 14, 2020
Cover Photo: The PEN America Literary Awards symbol against a purple and blue backdrop. Next to it, a photo of author Ani Cooney, staring pensively into the camera.
A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Ani Cooney

“Since March, how many have had to grow up fast and be valorous because of amoral, wicked, and cowardly leadership?”

Sep 11, 2020
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A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Damitri Martinez

“I cling to art, sometimes as my only saving grace.”

Sep 08, 2020
Cover Photo: A cover image of the PEN/Dau literary award against a green and blue background, next to short story writer and winner of the PEN/Dau prize, Mohit Manohar.
A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Mohit Manohar

“Interracial love has been codified and digitized, and we’ve found that it sells less ads, is less addictive, than its alternative.”

Sep 04, 2020
Cover Photo: A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Mbozi Haimbe by Catapult Books
A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Mbozi Haimbe

“I decided to subvert readers’ expectations in terms of the narrative of a diaspora visiting their homeland in order to challenge the myth that all those arriving home from the west are endowed with bags of cash.”

Sep 02, 2020
Cover Photo: A photo of JP Infante,  author and winner of the 2019 Robert J. Dau prize, wearing ear buds and looking away thoughtfully.
A Conversation With PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2019 Author JP Infante

“When you’re a kid you’re not sure if you don’t know something because you haven’t been taught it or because you’re not supposed to know.”

Oct 07, 2019
Cover Photo: A photo of Kelsey Peterson,  author and winner of the 2019 Robert J. Dau prize, smiling.
A Conversation With PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2019 Author Kelsey Peterson

“I think, in pursuit of truth, science and religion still have to wrestle with the strictures of human knowledge, error, pride.”

Oct 02, 2019
Cover Photo: A photo of Jade Jones,  author and winner of the 2019 Robert J. Dau prize, smiling.
A Conversation With PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2019 Author Jade Jones

“The narration style feels very conversational to me. I liked how second-person really tries to make the reader part of the story as well.”

Sep 30, 2019
Cover Photo: A photo of Sarah Curry,  author and winner of the 2019 Robert J. Dau prize.
A Conversation With PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2019 Author Sarah Curry

“I slowly connected the dots that nearly all my friends—no matter what continent we had been on—had experienced some level of sexual violence.”

Sep 27, 2019