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"Don't write what you know. Write what you are willing to discover." -- Yusef Komunyakaa Visit the Poetry Out Loud website to learn more about poet and two-time NEA Literature Fellow Yusef Komunyakaa and to read some of his poems.
School is out for the summer and if you’re scrambling to figure out what to do with your kids for the next few months, our NEA Big Read grantees have you covered. The best part about the inventive activities and fun crafts that have been inspired by NEA Big Read books is you can pair them with a...
Born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934, Tomie dePaola is best known for his children’s books. He received his BFA from Pratt Insitute in New York, and his MFA from the California College of Arts in Oakland, California. DePaola has received many awards, including the Smithson Medal from the...
With director Ramin Bahrani's fifth film comes something different. Instead of writing an original story or screenplay, he took on the herculean task of adapting the dystopian classic of American literature--- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In the novel, not only are books outlawed but it's the...
In recent months, I’ve come across various news articles and at least one press release declaring that social media has contributed greatly to poetry’s readership. Some of these sources even attribute to the technology a bump in 2017 poetry book sales. While it remains unknown how much of that...
Today we announced 79 NEA Big Read grants totaling more than $1 million to organizations to host projects between September 2018 and June 2019 in 34 states plus Puerto Rico. The grants will bring communities across the country together over the next year to read, celebrate, and connect over great...
"An artist must be the kind of person that can change the world by way of transforming him or herself." -- Zhou Zan Like poetry? Check out our poetry-related blog features here .
"Every time you write a poem it's apocalyptic. You're revealing who you really are to yourself." -- Li-Young Lee Did you know poet Li-Young Lee is a two-time NEA Literature Fellow? He received Creative Writing Fellowships in 1987 and 1995. You can read several of his poems on the Poetry Out Loud...
When Janae Claxton transferred to a new school as a sophomore, she was excited to have the opportunity to engage in her twin passions—volleyball and theater. Conflicting schedules, however, meant that it was impossible to pursue both. Though Claxton was disappointed to let go of theater, she soon...
For more than 100 years, the National Park Service (NPS) has been cultivating creativity at its parks, preserves, monuments, and historical sites through 50 artist-in-residence programs across the country. Founded in 1916, this program has welcomed thousands of artists—including writers,...

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