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"Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life." —Amy Poehler
As we prepare to celebrate the 242nd birthday of the USA, what better way to celebrate, investigate, and illuminate our country's complexity than with poetry. From love poems to laments, in lines short and long, in metaphor and plainspeak, these poets sing of the America they know, the America they...
"Don't write what you know. Write what you are willing to discover." -- Yusef Komunyakaa Visit the Poetry Out Loud website to learn more about poet and two-time NEA Literature Fellow Yusef Komunyakaa and to read some of his poems.
Perhaps no American artist is more associated with the U.S. flag than Pop Art icon Jasper Johns . Painter, sculptor, and printmaker, Johns used the flag as well as other American symbols as a springboard for his colorful meditations on what it means to be an American. In honor of Flag Day, here’s...
"I would love my work to leave you feeling like you can be a better version of yourself because art is what your own possibilities are as a human being, it is about your own excitement, your own potential, and what you can become." -- Dennis Osadebe
"Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely, and we're left with only the choice of what to do next. We can choose to be afraid of it, to stand there trembling not moving, assuming the worst that can happen or we step forward into the unknown and assume it will be brilliant." -- Sandra Oh
"An artist must be the kind of person that can change the world by way of transforming him or herself." -- Zhou Zan Like poetry? Check out our poetry-related blog features here .
"Whether in Atlanta, Georgia or Sparks, Nevada, NEA funding reaches thousands of communities, assisting local organizations and providing access to the arts to all. The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country." -- Jane Chu In pursuit of...
"Every time you write a poem it's apocalyptic. You're revealing who you really are to yourself." -- Li-Young Lee Did you know poet Li-Young Lee is a two-time NEA Literature Fellow? He received Creative Writing Fellowships in 1987 and 1995. You can read several of his poems on the Poetry Out Loud...

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