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Composer and shakuhachi musician James Nyoraku Schlefer talks about finding his voice on the Japanese instrument.
Wise words from NEA Big Read author Willa Cather.
Poet Jennifer Givhan, an NEA Literature Creative Writing Fellow, talks about empowering others through her work.
Listen up as 1999 NEA National Heritage Fellow Zakir Hussain talks about his life as a tabla musician.
New Poetry Out Loud National Champion Ahkei Togun talks about falling in love with poetry, what he learned from the competition, and what's up next.
"The arts illuminate a city through a unique lens. There isn’t a template for what a successful community is supposed to look like. If you’ve seen one community, you’ve only seen one community . The arts help us see what's exceptional about where we live." -Jane Chu Learn how the arts and creative...
This year, in honor of the NEA's 50th anniversary, Poetry Out Loud gave state champions the opportunity to showcase their creative writing skills. State champions were invited to submit their own written or spoken word poems, which were judged separately from Wednesday's recitation contest by...
We're celebrating Ahkei Togun--the 2016 Poetry Out Loud National Champion!
For a while in the mid-90s, I shared a house with a group of strangers who rapidly became friends. We lived in a Queen Anne-style oddity in the Dupont Circle area of Washington. A couple of years out of college, I worked most days at a nearby nonprofit called TV-Free America (“TVFA”), whose mission...
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar talks about finding his subject as a writer and the English teacher who changed his life.


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