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NEA Big Read author Nathaniel Philbrick hated Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick as a teenager because his father, an English professor specializing in maritime literature, talked at length about the book. Once he finally read it in high school, he was hooked by the first sentence, and to this day...
Matt Reeck received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship in 2013. A widely published poet, he is also one of the editors of the literary magazine Staging Ground and has received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the American Institute of Indian Studies, and...
Conversations with NEA Creative Writing Fellow and new NEA Big Read author David Tomas Martinez often find him in the midst of some joyous activity, like perusing the aisles of the Century 21 department store (where some of the cashiers know him by name), in his kitchen whipping up some delicious...
At approximately 9:30 pm on Wednesday, May 1, Isabella Callery (Anishinaabe)—one of only nine students to make it to make the final round of competition from a field of more than 275,000 high schoolers—heard her name announced as the 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. When we spoke with her...
When Ivan Jaigirdar, Shilpa Mankikar, and Camille Ramani launched 3rd i Films with monthly screenings in San Francisco in 2001, it quickly became apparent they had identified an untapped but incredibly intense appetite for South Asian film. By 2003, 3rd i started the annual San Francisco...
Inspired by a Chicago program of the same name, Matt Mason, executive director of the Nebraska Writers Collective , launched the Louder than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival with the goal of giving young people first-hand experience with what he described as, "what poetry and creative...
You can find NEA Big Read author Stephanie Burt among the obscure fandoms of comic books, indie rock bands, women’s basketball, science fiction, and, above all, poetry. She’s written several books on how to read poetry, given a TED talk called “Why People Need Poetry” that’s been viewed over a...
Not only was Nicholas Amador—now a sophomore studying astrophysics at Harvard University—Hawaii's Poetry Out Loud champion for three straight years, but he also placed in the top three at the National Finals each of those years. Having declared poetry persona non grata in fifth grade—thanks to a...
Art Talk with Public Artist Carolyn Lewenberg In the spring of 2017, Boston’s Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) hired Carolyn Lewenberg as its first artist-in-residence. For the next 18 months, Lewenberg navigated the agency’s various departments—which range from public safety to clean...
It is a truth universally acknowledged that in the heart of every devoted writer lurks a devoted reader. And 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow Angela Flournoy —who garnered an avalanche of praise for her debut novel, The Turner House —is no exception. Flournoy very kindly...

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