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Even short mini-essays on Tumblr as she cooks and contemplates her life, she's always a treat. Abdulaziz is a journalist and blogger who has written for years about human rights violations.

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Yet Gay manages to be that person. Retrieved April 1, The program sponsors an annual writing contest, publishes a free writing handbook for prisoners, provides one-on-one mentoring to inmates whose writing shows promise, and seeks to bring inmates' work to the public through literary events, readings, and publications.

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I pretend no one is going to read my words and I try to make sense of this world that is so breathtaking and beautiful and complicated and hideous. Retrieved May 4, New York Times. Each year, PEN USA gives the award to "individuals and organizations that have produced notable work in the face of extreme adversity or demonstrated exceptional courage in the defense of free expression. I try not to take the freedom of writing for granted. Retrieved April 1, I write this way because I am, by luck of birth, afforded the freedom of expression as an inalienable right. She's A Competitive Scrabble Player This doesn't really have any bearing on the award, it's just really cool. It was active from to I see this world as it is but I refuse to accept this world as it is. Winners[ edit ] — Sibel Edmonds — a translator who was fired from her job at the FBI after complaining of intelligence failures and poor performance in her unit. Straight, white men are not the only ones doing worthwhile things and it's always a welcome sight to see other people getting recognition instead of being overlooked. Yet Gay manages to be that person. And, as Out magazine points out, " As a recognizable and respected voice in the writing community, Gay has continually used her writing to fight on behalf of the LGBTQ community, women, people of color, and anybody who has ever felt marginalized.

I pretend no one is going to read my words and I try to make sense of this world that is so breathtaking and beautiful and complicated and hideous. Presented every 2 years, it was active from to Her novel, An Untamed State, was one of the most powerful and gripping works of fiction I've ever read.

I am thrilled and honored.

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Retrieved April 19, I am often told that I am fearless, that I am brave, because I write, openly and unabashedly, about race and gender, sexuality, popular culture, sexual violence, the body, identity. Image: Frederick M. Those who disagree with me, often on Twitter, call this arrogance and I am absolutely fine with that. Al-Hathloul is a prominent opponent of the driving ban, lifted shortly after her arrest last year, and was arrested in and detained for 73 days. Winner[ edit ] [35] — Laura Berg — A psychiatric nurse at a Veterans Affairs hospital who faced an investigation into possible charges of sedition when she wrote a letter to the editor of her local newspaper which was critical of George W. During a recent telephone interview with The Associated Press, he recalled how prison authorities tried to keep him from learning about his award. I will continue to be terrified yet brave because these are not incompatible emotions. I allow myself to believe my voice matters in a world where as a woman, as a black woman, as a Haitian American woman, as a bisexual woman, I am told to remain silent in so many harmful ways.

March 31, Winner[ edit ] [35] — Laura Berg — A psychiatric nurse at a Veterans Affairs hospital who faced an investigation into possible charges of sedition when she wrote a letter to the editor of her local newspaper which was critical of George W.

Herszenhorn April 15, I am often told that I am fearless, that I am brave, because I write, openly and unabashedly, about race and gender, sexuality, popular culture, sexual violence, the body, identity.

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