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"Art busts its butt. It's not all about inspiration and bursts of genius. There aren't little cobbler fairies who come in the middle of the night and write your stories/novels for you." — Siobhan Fallon Read our interview with Siobhan Fallon on war stories and the women who write them here .
Nearly 30 years ago Tim O'Brien published his novel The Things They Carried , about the experience of being a foot soldier in the Vietnam War. As described for the NEA Big Read library, The Things They Carried is "part memoir, part fiction and O'Brien—the original master of truthiness—wishes you...
"I've never seen my writing as a career; I've always seen it as a responsibility." — William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. (Assiniboine) Read our interview with playwright William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. here .
"Poetry isn't a profession, it's a way of life. It's an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that." — Mary Oliver Has your high school signed up for Poetry Out Loud yet? Visit poetryoutloud.org to find out how your school can participate in this dynamic poetry...
"Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book." — John Green Visit our Facebook page and let us know what book you just can't live...
It's only been two weeks since the 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert (wait, what?) and we're already counting down the days to the 2019 celebration! In the meantime, we're going to tape this quote from 2018 concert emcee Martha Gonzalez to our inspo wall and keep this video on repeat (...
Click on the title of each poem to read it in full. And visit poets.org to browse a much wider selection of poems in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. "One day I will write you a letter/ after I have gathered enough words/ that blossom without thorns..."-- from "gathering words" by María Luisa...
"Write the stories you've always wanted to read. Allow yourself to be the main character of your narrative. Become both the window and the mirror for those who read your work. Lean into fear. Write the hard poem." — Elizabeth Acevedo In addition to being an accomplished writer—she was at the...
"Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance." -- James Baldwin
"I think if we spent a little more time looking at what people hold so dear that they pass knowledge and art and practices on to their friends, their children, their communities, if we can appreciate that, we will be better people for it and the world would be a better place for it." -- 2010 NEA...

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