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“Don't worry about what a poem means,” says poet Joy Harjo. “Do you ask what a song means before you listen? Just listen.” Harjo’s book of selected poems, How We Became Human , is one of the recent additions to the NEA Big Read library, along with two other books of poetry: Citizen by Claudia...
There may be no higher tribute to the role of working artists in the public imagination than a term that has awakened the interest of labor analysts over the last few years: gig economy. The description is no longer limited to itinerant entertainers; it includes a reportedly growing sector of the...
The Cloud Horse Art Institute is a non-profit arts organization located on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Founded in 2001 by Tilda Long Soldier St. Pierre and now co-run with her husband Mark St. Pierre, the Institute’s programs in traditional Lakota folk arts including hide tanning,...
For Tanaya Winder , writing poetry is about much more than language. It's about what that language can do. As she put it when describing her first recognition of that potency, she realized that "words had the power to hold people in the way they needed to be held." Winder--who is from the Southern...
"Once you join an amateur group, you are a member of a great fraternity, whose purpose is the most dignified one you can imagine: to inspire one another and unite in building up a creation that is greater than one individual’s deeds." — Paul Hindemith, composer, in A Composer’s World Community...
Tis the season to be thankful. We’re thankful that we can dip into the NEA Big Read library to find something stirring to read while we digest the turkey (and cranberry sauce and stuffing and, well, you get the picture). In this spirit of gratitude we asked several of our Big Read authors to tell...
In a country where 73 percent of employed actors are non-Hispanic white, and 60 percent are between 16 and 39 years old, the worlds theater and opera director Madeline Sayet creates are unlike those usually seen onstage. Her upcoming production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale , for example,...
We shine the spotlight on the Art Mobile of Montana which brings art and art experiences to people in the state's rural communities.
NEA Big Read novelist Alejandro Zambra and his literary translator Megan McDowell talk about what it means to "go home."
Reduce, reuse, recycle. This phrase has been associated with the push for environmental responsibility for nearly half a century. Today, there are many organizations that advocate for a number of environmental concerns, including the issue of pollution in the world’s oceans. One of the...

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