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In many ways, NEA Creative Writing Fellow Kiki Petrosino ’s latest book, White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia , is deeply personal, exploring the genealogy and legacy of her African-American ancestors in Virginia. At the same time, she grapples with the messy history of slavery and discrimination in...
"[P]oetry has always existed & always existed in a communal context. So I feel like, well, people must need it because people always did it & never stopped doing it & that part of what people get from that is the story of who I am and who we are." — Elizabeth Alexander...
I have hundreds of picture books in my home. Some of them belong to my two sons, who are now eight and 11, but most of them belong to me. Now that the schools are closed and we’re sheltering in place, I’ve been pulling them off the shelves and finding inspiration among their pages, often in the...
Inspired by a Chicago program of the same name, Matt Mason, executive director of the Nebraska Writers Collective, launched the Louder than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival with the goal of giving young people first-hand experience with what he described as, "what poetry and creative...
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." — Mark Twain
With schools shuttered and parents at home, there is plenty of opportunity to get creative with learning. This includes learning about art! Below are a few of our favorite books about artists, as well as accompanying art projects to draw out your child’s inner artist. Think of it as an interactive...
As a young person, Jason Reynolds was a reluctant reader—he speaks frequently about how he did not read a full novel until he was in college. However, he was never a reluctant listener. His art form of choice was rap music, which he listened to enthusiastically. It was in listening to the rhythms...
"I feel like poetry introduced me to myself in a way that nothing else actually had." — Reginald Dwayne Betts At age 16, Reginald Dwayne Betts was tried and convicted as an adult for carjacking. Since his release at age 24, Betts has become an attorney, a doctoral candidate at Yale Law School, an...
With help from the Library of Congress , here are seven art-full things to know about U.S. President—and poet—Abraham Lincoln, who was born 211 years ago today. 1. Abraham Lincoln’s first exposure to poetry as a boy was through William Scott’s Lessons in Elocution , which became part of the...
"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 .

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