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"Without imagination we can go nowhere. And imagination is not restricted to the arts. Every scientist I have met who has been a success has had to imagine." -- Rita Dove Did you know that former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove is also a two-time NEA Literature Fellow? Listen to her in conversation...
"If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud." -- Émile Zola
Here’s a question the NEA literature staff has been thinking about lately: what do you call a literary title that infuses text with art and is primarily geared toward grownups? A graphic novel? Picture book? Art book? Illustrated book? Or, as the poet Matthea Harvey suggested to me recently as we...
As we prepare to celebrate the 242nd birthday of the USA, what better way to celebrate, investigate, and illuminate our country's complexity than with poetry. From love poems to laments, in lines short and long, in metaphor and plainspeak, these poets sing of the America they know, the America they...
A woman shows students a worksheet while sitting in a garden
Buffalo had, for far too long, a narrative of being just another Rust Belt city,” said Barbara Cole, artistic director of Just Buffalo Literary Center (JBLC). “Despite that overarching narrative...
"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...

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