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NEA and poetry

"The 'work' of art may be to simply clear a space for reflection and feeling amid the onslaught of modern life---and that in itself is a pretty serious act of excavaton. To that end, it may help for the artist to think of him or herself as a kind of laborer---while also keeping in mind...
"Unlike most poets, I do not teach at a university, possess an MFA, or even spend very much of my time talking about poetry." --- Ken Chen Author, attorney, translator, executive director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW), and a 2013 NEA Creative Writing Fellow, Ken...
Kim Roberts. Photo by Dan Vera. "I think place exerts a powerful influence over what we write, how we write it, and how we see ourselves." --- Kim Roberts Poet, editor, historian---Washington, DC writer Kim Roberts wears many hats with aplomb. Roberts' reputation is international: her...
Zhou Zan. Photo by Katie Schulze "though shaped like banners, the women/never indulge in dancing in the wind --- from "Wings" by Zhou Zan Zhou Zan, a native of China's Jiangsu Province, is a poet, translator, and scholar. She edits the journal Wings , which is devoted to women...
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...
Washington, DC Brian Turner. Photo by Kim Buchheit, courtesy of Blue Flower Arts. "If a body is what you want,/then here is bone and gristle and flesh." ---from "Here, Bullet" by Brian Turner Having served in the U.S. military for seven years, in his work poet Brian Turner bears...
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 This week’s podcast features poet Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, recent recipient of a 2011 NEA Literature Fellowship. Currently the ArtsEdge writer-in-residence at the University of Pennsylvania, Aptowicz has written five books of poetry (her most recent, Everything is...
Washington, DC Amber Tamblyn. Photo courtesy Ms. Tamblyn. Amy Poehler's blurb for Amber Tamblyn's 2009 poetry collection Bang Ditto reads, "Amber Tamblyn's writing is funny, thick, mean, strong, vulnerable, trippy and true." Turns out much of the same can be said of Amber...

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