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NEA and literature

I had the interesting experience of attending the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Boston earlier this month not long after I attended the Tools of Change (TOC) for Publishing conference in New York. The TOC conference in February was all about new technologies and...
2013 NEA Literature Fellow Srikanth Reddy. Photo by Suzanne Buffam " I’d venture to say that the role of the artist in the community is to make art that explores his or her personal eccentricities with such intimacy and ardor that those curious peculiarities come to feel universal...
Some of the 2011 Cave Canem Fellows with instructor Carl Phillips (back row, 2nd from right). Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths You might not expect Pompeii to figure significantly in the history of African-American literature, but it was a visit to the ancient buried city that inspired the name for...
Benjamin Percy and his sister and fellow writer Jennifer Percy. Photo by William J. Adams “The writer’s life is spent alone---at the desk---the missives we write equivalent to notes in a bottle tossed into a midnight sea.” --- Benjamin Percy Not only does writing apparently run in...
Kimiko Hahn. Photo by Nancy Bareis "This is a very practical side to the arts: opening up space for creativity---be it in painting or biology!---and nurturing it." --- Kimiko Hahn Kimiko Hahn is the author of several collections of poetry, including Toxic Flora: Poems , released by W.W...
Linda Pastan. Photo by Oliver Pastan In her poem "Traveling Light" award-winning poet Linda Pastan writes, "our lives have minds/of their own." And it is these minds that Pastan illuminates in her deceptively quiet poems in which we are revealed by what we take notice of, by...
September 6, 2011 Danielle Evans. Photo by Nina Subin Barely into her mid-20s, fiction writer Danielle Evans ---a literature and creative writing professor at DC's American University---has already distinguished herself among her peers with such recognition as the 2011 Paterson Prize, the 2011...
The Alaska Quarterly Review (AQR), published at the University of Alaska in Anchorage, calls itself “a literary magazine of consequence” with good reason. For a literary journal produced in one of the more far-flung regions of the country, it has generated considerable notice for its stories:...
San Francisco, California This year San Francisco's WritersCorps (a project of the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Public Library) celebrated National Poetry Month by taking poetry off the page and projecting it onto the screen. The Poetry Projection Project invited...
Washington, DC Youssef Biaz, 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Photo by James Kegley Congratulations to Youssef Biaz---Alabama's state champ---on taking top honors at the 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Finals! You can read more in our News Room . And stay tuned for next week's Art Talk...

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