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Anita Norman, our 2014 Poetry Out Loud National Champion, has proven that she knows a thing or two about reciting poems. As we get ready to crown this year's champ at next month's National Finals, we asked Anita to share her tips for reciting poetry. Even if you only want to share your poems with...
On Monday, we celebrated Dr. Seuss's 111th birthday, a children’s author whose impact is so great that the National Education Association has adopted March 2 as Read Across America Day. Seuss, whose real name was Theodore Seuss Geisel, needs no formal introduction: his books are a common sight in...
Marcus Gardley answers the question: Why do we need art?
Artists reflect on the meaning of "inspiration."
Read the complete interview with Toni Morrison here .
As we close out Black History Month, we wanted to take Big Read Friday to share a few writers' thoughts on what it has meant to be African-American, and how their background has influenced their writing. Click on each author or poet's name for an in-depth interview. "You begin to love...
Eight artists and one critic reflect on what failure means to them.
In late January, author Dinaw Mengestu spoke at New York City's Bernie Wohl Center as part of the Goddard Riverside Community Center's Big Read kick-off event. We've excerpted a piece of a longer conversation with host Cary Barbor, where Mengestu delves into the importance of melancholy...
In this blog post, Dan Blank explores the risks of pursuing a creative life.
2014 Poetry Out Loud National Champ Anita Norman shares how she was transformed by discovering poetry through the Poetry Out Loud competition.

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