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"I really believe that if things don't happen a certain way or if I don't get opportunities that I really, really, really want, it's going to be okay. Because if I keep the art pure, if I protect the art, then I will get the things that I need." -- Helen Sung Read the full interview with Helen Sung...
"For me, every good story makes you think differently about the world. The thing that's happening that's really exciting is the more voices that are included in theater, the more types of stories you get, and the more interesting stories you get that ask you big questions and that more people can...
Do you have a favorite poem for welcoming spring? Let us know on our Facebook page or in the comments. (Click on the title of each poem to read the full text.) "You flaunted the fragrance of your blossoms/ Through the wide doors of Customs Houses/ You, and sandal-wood, and tea,/ Charging the noses...
"I'm standing on the shoulders of others who broke barriers, the glass ceilings. I'm standing on their labor so I have to add my link to the chain, so the women coming behind me can stand on mine." -- Danai Gurira
Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney has been described as “the most important Irish poet since Yeats.” In honor of Irish American Heritage Month, check out some of his thoughts on poetry, literature, and life. "Poetry is more a threshold than a path." -- Seamus Heaney "If poetry and art can do...
"Art is restoration: the idea is to repair the damages that are inflicted in life, to make something that is fragmented--which is what fear and anxiety do to a person--into something whole." -- Louise Bourgeois
"I think that the reason why art stays alive is that the artist grows. I mean the body doesn't stay the same; the brain doesn't stay the same. Your art can't stay the same." -- Sonia Sanchez
"Hold fast to dreams/ For if dreams die/ Life is a broken-winged bird/ That cannot fly." — Langston Hughes "Cheap little rhymes/ A cheap little tune/ Are sometimes as dangerous/ As a sliver of the moon." — Langston Hughes "An artist must be free to choose what he does certainly, but he must also...
"I love language because when it succeeds, for me, it doesn't just tell me something. It enacts something. It creates something. And it goes both ways. Sometimes it's violent. Sometimes it hurts you. And sometimes it saves you." -- Claudia Rankine Did you know Claudia Rankine is one of our NEA Big...

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