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Photo of book cover: Things I must Have Known by A.B. Spellman

Author A.B. Spellman talks with the NEA about the importance of small literary presses and about working with Coffee House Press. Read more about Coffee House Press in “The Business of Books: Behind the Scenes at Coffee House Press...

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One Story is an innovative literary journal that publishes short fiction literally one story at time. In this audio clip, co-editor Hannah Tinti gives us an inside look at independent publishing. Read about two other independent publishers in “...

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Approximately 40 years ago, a young writer named Allan Kornblum spent a life-changing afternoon in the Parish Hall at New York City’s St. Mark’s Church helping to hand-collate a mimeographed...
March 15, 2010 Los Angeles, CA Portrait by John Sherffius Rocco brings his California Art Works tour to Los Angeles today, which is also home to one of our favorite authors, Ray Bradbury. Bradbury's visionary novel, Fahrenheit 451 , was one of the first books chosen for the NEA initiative, The...

Scenes from the 25th Anniversary National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV

Galina Alekseeva, Chairman Dana Gioia, and Vladimir Tolstoy
One of the ideas behind the NEA's national reading program The Big Read is that, through literature, neighbors are able to get to know each other better and make lasting...
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“Literary exchanges are one of the most effective ways to introduce people of different countries to one another.” So stated Chairman Dana Gioia when he introduced the NEA’s new initiative,...
Samuel Green and BreAnna Jones
In December 2007, Washington native Samuel Green became the state's first poet laureate. The author of 10 poetry collections, he is also the longtime editor of Brooding Heron Press, which...
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In just its first year of participation, the U.S. Virgin Islands saw its Poetry Out Loud champion, Charlotte Amalie High School sophomore Shawntay A. Henry, crowned the program's third national...
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With his ten-gallon hat, seated on horseback with lasso in hand, the fictitious cowboy has captured the popular imagination as a strong, silent type. A group of Western folklorists set...

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