Literature

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James McBride Hadshot wearing a hart.

Photo by Chia Messina

Author, Musician, and former National Council on the Arts member

McBride’s latest book looks to understand what shaped James Brown-- one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Shakespeare’s World and Ours.

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Headshot of Jan Beatty

Photo courtesy of Jan Beatty.

Poet

The poetry of the working class.

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Belinda McKeon headshot.

Photo by  Alen MacWeeney

Novelist and playwright

In her novels, Solace and Tender, she paints an unsentimental picture of Ireland.

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Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills. Photo courtesy of the Delaware Division of the Arts

The Twin Poets Laureate of Delaware

Poets and social workers, the twins’ primary audience have been Wilmington’s underserved children.

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Rashod Ollison

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Cultural Critic and Memoirist

In his memoir Soul Serenade, Ollison describes how music was a lifeline during a difficult upbringing.

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Headshot of Julianna Baggott

Photo by Laura Ciociola

Author

Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders took Julianna Baggott 18 years to write… Julianna discusses how writing 14 other novels in a variety of genres, three collections of poetry, and a children’s series helped her finish Harriet Wolf.

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Felipe Herrera headshot.

Photo courtesy University of California-Riverside

U.S. Poet Laureate and NEA Literature Fellow

The new poet laureate of the United States and two-time NEA fellow calls for everyone's heart to speak out.

Founder and Editor of Highway

How a writer created the music magazine he wanted to read.

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Rebecca Makkai

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2014 NEA Literature Fellow

From beautifully crafted short fiction to page-turning gothic novels, Rebecca Makkai puts art at the heart of her work.

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