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Marc Smirnoff. Photo by Carol Ann Fitzgerald Marc Smirnoff wasn't looking to start a literary magazine when he moved to Oxford, Mississippi, in 1987. In fact, the native Californian wasn't even looking to move to Mississippi. But thanks to mix of car trouble and serendipity, Smirnoff found...
"I have learned that community practice can also be about photography embracing and celebrating differences reflected in a positive form." --- Jane Marie Butler Last fall Northern Ireland photographer Jane Marie Butler lived and worked in Washington, DC for two months. Under the auspices...
As we celebrate our 100th podcast---and St. Patrick's Day!--- today's podcast features National Heritage Fellow Liz Carroll , who has long been recognized as one of the great Irish fiddle players. Born and raised in Chicago, Carroll participated in informal Irish musical gatherings, called...
Ann Angel. Photo by Shannon Wucherer In the days of Facebook and text messages, capturing a teenager's attention can seem like a Herculean task, particularly in the literary realm. Yet writer Ann Angel has successfully built her career on that ever finicky YA market. She has written biographies...
Text by Ann Waller Curtis All images courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Arts. Photo by Tim Hursley Nestled in 120 acres of forest and nature trails in northern Arkansas, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art highlights some of the best of...
Here I am in Ajo with the International Sonoran Desert Alliance staff who are working to restore Ajo’s town plaza. And now, here’s the scoop on the second part of my California and Arizona trip. After Los Angeles, it was on to Phoenix. There, of course, our host was our own National...
I’ve been California---and Arizona---dreaming for the last couple of weeks. This was probably my longest trip that I’ve had so far at the NEA. I flew into Sacramento, and went right out to Yolo County to visit the Yolo County Art & Ag project, which has received an ArtPlace grant...
This week's podcast features the award-winning writer of crime fiction, Laura Lippman. Lippman began her writing career as a journalist, and worked at the Baltimore Sun for 12 years. She credits her time with her hometown paper for revealing a city she had never seen growing up. She understood...
Leyya Tawil's Dance Elixir. Photo by Liz Payne "[Artists are] contributing to everyone by trying to push a healthier, more hopeful humanity forward. I feel like that’s our responsibility." --- Leyya Tawil Although Detroit native Leyya Tawil has always danced, she was actually on...
Self-Portrait as Red-Crown Crane , 2007. Photo credit Clarissa Sligh As is the case with many artists, to see Clarissa Sligh's work is to see a reflection of her life. A multimedia artist and writer who works with text, photography, artist's books, and installations, Sligh gravitates...

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