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Today, we get to hear from Afro-Venezuelan singer Betsayda Machado. Twice. That's right, folks. Two blogs for the price of one. Well, two audio stories. The first in English, the second in Spanish. In mid-October, at the tail end of Hispanic Heritage Month, Betsayda Machado and the electrifying...
What does it take to mount on a musical? For the new issue of NEA Arts , we went behind the scenes at Signature Theatre's production of Crazy For You to find out. Browse the issue to see things from the POV of the production stage manager, the choreographer, the casting director, music team, and...
Having grown up in what he calls “a musical household,” Robert Accordino first learned about the benefits of music participation for people with autism while an undergrad studying psychology and music. Before heading to medical school, he did graduate work at Oxford University where he first...
At the beginning of Christina Ham ’s Nina Simone: Four Women —which takes its name from Simone’s controversial 1966 song—Nina Simone sits amidst the ruins of the bombed 16th Street Baptist Church wrestling with her grief as a woman and as an artist. Currently in performances at Washington, DC’s...
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...

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