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We're celebrating Chinese New Year with this inspirational quote from Chinese poet Zhou Zan. Read more from our interview with her here .
NEA Lit Fellow and new Big Read author Tayari Jones shares the 3 books that changed her life.
A playlist featuring African-American artists from our Art Works podcast series.
We catch up with Langston Ward three years after he won the Poetry Out Loud National Championship.
Learn how one Big Read program opened up a historical conversation for the community.
NEA Literature Fellow Samrat Upadhyay gives us a glimpse at his version of the writing life.
Until a few weeks ago, I never fully understood what it must feel like to be born the wrong gender. The difficulty and the pain—yes, that part I understood. But I never quite grasped what it must feel like on a visceral, cellular level to feel that your body was a stranger’s, and that your identity...
We can sum up Edgar Allan Poe's life story in 10 quotes, or at least, give it a good try.
Ready for a little Friday fun? Great, us too. See if you can guess the Big Read title from the emojis below. The answer key is beneath! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Answers 1. The Great Gatsby 2. Fahrenheit 451 3. The Grapes of Wrath 4. The Maltese Falcon 5. A Farewell to Arms 6. Old School 7. Sun,...
Theater advocate and arts administrator Howard Sherman muses on three books that changed his life (and sneaks in a fourth featuring everyone's favorite beagle).

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