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Let’s get one thing straight: newly named NEA Creative Writing Fellow Adam Ehrlich Sachs gets along just fine with his father, thank you very much. It’s a question that readers might find themselves pondering after reading Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables, and Problems , Sachs’s debut story...
There is a common, longstanding misconception that Native American art is synonymous with traditional art—beadwork or weaving for example. And yet, as the exhibition materials for Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound , state: “This limiting interpretation does not recognize that tradition, by...
“My job as a writer is to offer at least some small part of what saved me to others.” — Sandra Gail Lambert Though Sandra Gail Lambert didn't start writing seriously until her late 30s—publishing her first novel at 62—there are advantages to being a "late bloomer." As she herself put it, "Emotional...
“You can lock a person up and let him out after so long. Maybe during incarceration you teach him a trade—that’s great. What you also have to do is help him tap into the emotional instabilities that brought him to prison in the first place. Writing, art, and more importantly, education in...
María José Giménez was introduced to the practice of literary translation as a student at Canada’s Concordia University. Having immigrated from Venezuela to Canada, she found herself interested in Canada’s small but thriving community of Latino-Canadian writers. The art of literary translation has...
Since fleeing Cuba on a Freedom Flight in 1970, playwright Nilo Cruz has returned just once: in 1979, to visit sisters who initially remained behind. Though he resettled with his family in Miami at age nine, Cuba remains a central presence in Cruz’s work, from his physical settings, to his...
When we think of the poet Walt Whitman, we usually associate him with New York or Washington, DC. But Alabama? Not so much. But for filmmaker Jennifer Crandall, formerly a video journalist for the Washington Post , Whitman was exactly who she found herself thinking of as she fell in love with the...
It’s perhaps no great surprise that “The Great White Way” is, well, quite white. According to the Asian American Performers Coalition, 78 percent of all roles on major New York stages were filled by Caucasian actors over the past nine years. Out of 39 Broadway shows produced during the 2015-16...
Read our interview with 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow Veronica Castillo here . Join us to celebrate the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellows at the celebration concert this Friday, September 15! Watch live on arts.gov starting at 8pm ET. Hosted by Martha Gonzalez, the concert will feature many of...
Roz Chast has been making America laugh out loud since 1978 when she began drawing for The New Yorker . In her cartoons, illustrated books, and graphic memoirs (her latest, Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York, comes out October 3), she deftly chronicles the oddball nature of being alive in a...

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