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"I think a writer is like an exile in some ways, because we look at things from the outside, from boundaries. It allows us to have certain kinds of perspectives, and not just to report on something the way that a journalist does." — Nilo Cruz Read our Art Talk with playwright Nilo Cruz here .
In the forthcoming issue of NEA Arts magazine, we take a look at how the National Endowment for the Arts brings the arts to more Americans through special projects and initatives. This issue—Expanding the Reach of the Arts—will spotlight the work the agency does in the area of accessibility, how we...
Anna Deeny Morales came to literary translation through fortuitous circumstances that would change the course of her career. While studying the relationship between 20th-century U.S. and Latin American poets for her dissertation, she was invited by faculty to translate several poems by Chilean poet...
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re sharing ten podcasts (really 11; our podcast with Lin-Manuel Miranda has two parts) that will introduce you to men and women whose personal stories and artwork reflect the Latino experience in the United States. Through their art, they have given voice to...
"Writing allows us to transform what has happened to us and to fight back against what's hurting us. While not everyone is an author, everyone is a writer and I think that the process of writing is deeply spiritual and liberatory." — Sandra Cisneros Did you know that Sandra Cisneros was a National...
The translation rate for literature is notoriously low in the United States—of the hundreds of thousands of books published in this country every year, only about 3 percent are works in translation. In 2013, these statistics prompted MAKE: A Literary Magazine to devote an entire issue of its...
"To witness the diversity of our nation brought to life through the arts is nothing short of magical. It serves as a reminder of the power the arts have, to bridge our differences + to connect us as neighbors, as humans + as Americans." — Tony Chauveaux, National Endowment for the Arts Deputy...
At first glance, Justin Favela ’s large-scale installations are joyous and exuberant. Each one is formed from hundreds of pieces of cut paper, transforming life-size sculptures and murals of lowriders, desert landscapes, and recreations of well-known artworks into what look like colossal piñatas...
"Language can also be play and music and beauty and desire and grief and rage and truth without always having to be message-driven or purely functional. Moving away from 'useful' doesn't mean it isn't necessary. You can still need poetry while also needing money or food or physical health." — Ada...
We're excited to celebrate the 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows tonight with a concert event featuring music, demonstrations, and conversations with the National Heritage Fellows and other special guests. The evening will be hosted by Queen Nur, storyteller, teaching artist, and director of the...

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