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Goldie Goldbloom—NEA Creative Writing Fellow and new NEA Big Read author—grew up in Western Australia. On her family farm in the country’s rural outback, her grandparents hosted Italian prisoners of war during World War II, which inspired Goldbloom to write her award-winning novel, The Paperbark...
"Art busts its butt. It's not all about inspiration and bursts of genius. There aren't little cobbler fairies who come in the middle of the night and write your stories/novels for you." — Siobhan Fallon Read our interview with Siobhan Fallon on war stories and the women who write them here .
As the founder and artistic director of the Los Angeles-based DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion , Jacques Heim is frequently on tour, making airport encounters with military personnel and veterans a common occurrence. “I don’t just say, ‘I thank you for your service,’” Heim said of these encounters...
Nearly 30 years ago Tim O'Brien published his novel The Things They Carried , about the experience of being a foot soldier in the Vietnam War. As described for the NEA Big Read library, The Things They Carried is "part memoir, part fiction and O'Brien—the original master of truthiness—wishes you...
"I've never seen my writing as a career; I've always seen it as a responsibility." — William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. (Assiniboine) Read our interview with playwright William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. here .
There's arguably no better person to highlight on Election Day than Fannie Lou Hamer. Born a sharecropper in rural Mississippi a month ago today in 1917, Hamer started picking cotton at age six. But she was not going to settle for a life of second-class citizenship. Drawing from her bottomless well...
The Cloud Horse Art Institute is a non-profit arts organization located on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Founded in 2001 by Tilda Long Soldier St. Pierre and now co-run with her husband Mark St. Pierre, the Institute’s programs in traditional Lakota folk arts including hide tanning,...
A new report from ArtsFund, Seattle’s local arts agency, hinges on a contradiction. A survey finds that just 28 percent of King County’s residents believe that arts and culture have the power to ignite social change. And yet, according to the report’s authors, analysis suggests that well over half...
We love art so much, we want to be it! Well, at least for Halloween we do. We asked NEA staff which work of art (or character from a work of art) they'd be if they could. Here's what some folks had to say. Do you have an art-full costume idea? Let us know on the NEA Facebook page ! Guiomar Ochoa,...
By the time she was 20, Mariam Paré was already an accomplished artist. She had grown up painting and drawing, and was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in fine arts. But when gunfire suddenly erupted while she was driving to visit a friend in Virginia, a stray bullet passed through the car door,...

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