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NEA Literature Fellow

"I... write to give voice to the lion’s tale, after the proverb, 'Until the lion tells its history, the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.' I write to challenge notions of a social hierarchy, to give my readers hope that we can work to eliminate social inequality...
“[A]rt works to shake the rickety rafts of my half-truths.” – Kim Coleman Foote Kim Coleman Foote is no stranger to awards--her FY 14 NEA Literature Fellowship joins a long list of honors, including an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, a Pan-African Literary Forum Africana...
“I don’t think any poetry is written that isn’t primarily written to the self, in a way… I’m always talking to myself. But I seem to want somebody else to listen to it. I need, I do want an audience. So it’s a strange thing. It’s a very private...
"Nothing is beneath poetic notice---that's why nothing is too big for it."---Heather McHugh Inventive, provocative, and playful are just a few of the adjectives you might apply to Heather McHugh's poetry. The recipient of two NEA Literature Fellowships (1974 and 1982), McHugh has...
“On the surface it's very hard to pinpoint how [mathematics and fiction] mesh with each other. But if you dig down a little deeper, we're all human beings and we have a limited amount of tools at our disposal. And I think our minds probably use the same kinds of techniques to solve...
“I am obsessed. This obsession drives me to gobble up books as though they were candy---drives me to spend eight hours a day at the keyboard, to turn down social engagements, give up on hobbies---and to constantly mine the world for material to bring to the page.” --- Benjamin Percy...
“[T]he poet doesn’t define the poems. The poems define the poet.” --- Jill Alexander Essbaum Learn more about poet Jill Essbaum and other NEA Literature Fellows in the NEA Writers' Corner . Like poetry? Then you might like our Art Talks with poets Ken Chen , Srikanth Reddy and...
"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...
"Art in all of its manifestations is engagement with others. I love to grab someone’s hand and say, here it is---the story." --- Debra Magpie Earling A native of Spokane, Washington, novelist and short story writer Debra Magpie Earling has garnered numerous awards for her work,...
Gregory Pardlo. Photo by Thomas Sayers Ellis Gregory Pardlo. Photo by Thomas Sayers Ellis. "We tend to underestimate the psychic costs of writing lyric poetry. It’s already a dangerous effort that requires considerable amounts of character and self-awareness." --- Gregory Pardlo...

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