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Join PEN America, in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library, for Break Out 2022 to celebrate the launch of the 2022 PEN America Prison Writing Awards anthology, Variations on an Undisclosed Location


This community-centered staging of compelling cross-genre contemporary literature by currently incarcerated writers will be performed by a dynamic cadre of authors, actors, and activists including Nana Adjei-Brenyah, Linda LaBeija, José Olivarez, Cleyvis Natera and Rehabilitation Through the Arts’ reentry theater group.


For over 30 years, thousands of imprisoned writers from around the country submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and dramatic works to the yearly PEN Prison Writing Contest, one of the longest-running outlets of free expression for the country’s incarcerated population. Our celebration stands in memorial of Bell Chevigny, celebrating her critical role as a pivotal member and leader of the PEN America Prison Writing Committee for several decades.


Break Out 2022 is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided.

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