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The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a “hidden gem,” said Valerie Martínez, the center’s director of History and Literature. Located on a beautiful 20-acre campus, the center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture,...
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...
"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...
"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...
"I love reading about things I've never experienced and learning to be a better person, a better listener, a better activist." — Isabella Callery, 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Hear more from Isabella Callery here , Don't forget to put "Get involved with Poetry Out Loud!" on your Back to...
Home to Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard facilities, Virginia’s Hampton Roads area boasts one of the largest military communities in the nation. This was evident at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, where Executive Director Michael Khandelwal estimates that at least a third of...
"The poems and the poets that I'm most attracted to are the ones that, at the end, I feel as if I've learned something about them. And by learning something about them, I learn something about myself." — David Tomas Martinez , Poet, NEA Creative Writing Fellow, and NEA Big Read author Read our Art...
Did you know that Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 was one of the original books for the NEA Big Read ? In this short film— created expressly for the program—Bradbury, who received the National Medal of Arts in 2004, enthuses about his enduring love of libraries, reveals how an encounter with a...
As a black, queer poet who did not pursue an MFA in writing, Alison Rollins describes her many achievements as “kind of a Cinderella story. I'm coming from an under-represented demographic. I'm coming from a family or household where this really was a far cry.” In the past few years, Rollins—who...

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