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For a while in the mid-90s, I shared a house with a group of strangers who rapidly became friends. We lived in a Queen Anne-style oddity in the Dupont Circle area of Washington. A couple of years out of college, I worked most days at a nearby nonprofit called TV-Free America (“TVFA”), whose mission...
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar talks about finding his subject as a writer and the English teacher who changed his life.
Elizabeth Acevedo on the power of poems to live in the body.
See how Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library hosted a Big Read program this last year that called attention to their Ethiopian community.
Sony Pictures Chairman and new NEA National Council on the Arts member Tom Rothman talks about the importance of diversity and why he feels lucky to work in motion pictures.
This time next week nine talented teens will be counting down the hours until they compete recitation by recitation to see who emerges as the 2016 Poetry Out Loud Champion. For 2015 champ Maeva Ordaz her win came down to perseverance, determination, and three stellar recitations. Here she is...
Why memorize poetry? This collection of current and former state poet laureates have a few good reasons.
As we celebrate Shakespeare's birthday, Jonno Roberts talks about why he likes performing Shakespearean roles, the most important acting advice he ever received, and what makes his life in the arts worthwhile.
R. Henry Reese likes to tell the story of Queequeg, Ishmael’s heavily tattooed, tomahawk-wielding bedmate in Moby Dick . Although Ishmael is initially terrified to discover he is sharing quarters at the Spouter Inn with what he determines to be a cannibal, Queequeg quickly reveals his gentle soul...
"We know that art has no boundaries. And the arts in America have been influenced by the arts of Cuba - from salsa dancing and Cuban jazz to mambo. These art forms have all become an important part of what it means to be American today." -NEA Chairman Jane Chu, currently on a cultural mission to...

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