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Marilyn Chin. Photo by Don Romero "I believe that “innovation” means to be courageous and to get out of your comfort zone and try new approaches." --- Marilyn Chin Marilyn Chin's work unflinchingly explores what it is to be both Asian and American, where those worlds...
This month on Art Works we're catching up with some artists and arts organizations that we've previously been featured on the blog and in other NEA publications to ask, "What are you up to now?" Brooklyn-based visual artist---and Brooklyn Soda Works co-founder---Caroline Mak...
Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki with the Vogels in their New York City apartment. Photo by Katsuyoshi Tanaka Megumi Sasaki doesn’t have the usual biography of a filmmaker. No film school, no hobnobbing with celebrities at Sundance. Instead, in 2002 while working as a field producer for Japanese...
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...
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 of...
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...
Holland Taylor. Photo by Linda Matlow/PIXINTL "Art makes everything else in life work. Without art, we are broken." --- Holland Taylor You may not recognize her name, but you'll definitely recognize her face and that distinctive voice. Over a decades-long career Holland Taylor has racked up an...
Gregory Pardlo. Photo by Thomas Sayers Ellis Gregory Pardlo. Photo by Thomas Sayers Ellis. "We tend to underestimate the psychic costs of writing lyric poetry. It’s already a dangerous effort that requires considerable amounts of character and self-awareness." --- Gregory Pardlo...

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