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"Imagination only comes when you privilege the subconscious, when you make delay and procrastination work for you." — Hilary Mantel What are your strategies for stirring up your imagination? Let us know on the National Endowment for the Arts Twitter feed or Facebook page .
On a recent trip to Miami, Endowment Director of Literary Arts Amy Stolls found herself at the city’s police headquarters. Home to a 911 call center, offices for top brass, and an investigations department, Stolls was there “to talk about books,” as she told an officer who was directing visitors...
“It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope." -Ursula K. Le Guin Learn about Ursula K. Le Guin's iconic novel, A Wizard of Earthsea , one of the titles in the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read library.
"Marley was dead, to begin with." With those six words, Charles Dickens invited us into the world of A Christmas Carol , indelibly introducing us to Ebenezer Scrooge, the three ghosts of Christmas, Tiny Tim, and a full cast of memorable characters. Though he spent mere weeks writing it, Dickens'...
"I tell all my students the best revision technique is time." — Hugh Martin, National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow Read our interview with Hugh Martin here .
"Even this late it happens:/ the coming of love, the coming of light." — Mark Strand, "The Coming of Light" "We drift off to childhood/ where we spent our gelt/ on baseball cards and matinees/ cream sodas and potato knishes." — Steven Schneider, "Chanukah Lights Tonight" "When even the moon/...
It’s difficult to imagine finding poetry in makeshift latrines or tear gas basic training, but Hugh Martin has done it. A 2019 Literature Fellow , Martin transforms his sometimes putrid, sometimes traumatic, and frequently wrenching experiences serving in Iraq with the National Guard into searing...
The corporate sponsors of a marketing study called “The Infinite Dial” describe it as “the longest-running survey of digital media consumer behavior in America.” The 2019 survey report , which Edison Research and Triton Digital released earlier this year, focuses largely on podcasting, social media...
"I think the two things that make me happiest if I can sort of achieve them in a story is to make somebody laugh, or to make them feel kind of a sense of eeriness or maybe a chill. And in some ways I think the two sensations they run parallel with each other. In fact, sometimes I think that they’re...
"The concept of a literature of witness—of bearing witness—has embedded in it the need for action. One must not simply hide in the shadows and type; one must also stand in the light." — Luis Alberto Urrea Catch up on what's new with the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read here .

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