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Read the full poem "The Coming of Light" by Mark Strand . . Read the full poem "Chanukah Lights Tonight" by Steven Schneider . Read the full poem "Season of Skinny Candles" by Marge Piercy . Read the full poem "Honorary Jew" by John Repp . Read the full poem "Letter Spoken in Wind" by Rachel Galvin...
Let’s get one thing straight: newly named NEA Creative Writing Fellow Adam Ehrlich Sachs gets along just fine with his father, thank you very much. It’s a question that readers might find themselves pondering after reading Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables, and Problems , Sachs’s debut story...
“My job as a writer is to offer at least some small part of what saved me to others.” — Sandra Gail Lambert Though Sandra Gail Lambert didn't start writing seriously until her late 30s—publishing her first novel at 62—there are advantages to being a "late bloomer." As she herself put it, "Emotional...
Why does poetry seem like the appropriate gesture for this moment when we stop to say thank you to the countless numbers of men and women who have served our country, sometimes at the cost of their very lives? Perhaps it's the way the form cuts away what's extraneous to say only what is urgent and...
“You can lock a person up and let him out after so long. Maybe during incarceration you teach him a trade—that’s great. What you also have to do is help him tap into the emotional instabilities that brought him to prison in the first place. Writing, art, and more importantly, education in...
Breaking news! Today is Halloween. OK, not exactly breaking news, but if you’re like the NEA Literature staff, you’ve had your nose stuffed in books for the entire month of October (in our case, the four new titles we’ve added to the NEA Big Read library ) and now you’re scrambling to throw...
María José Giménez was introduced to the practice of literary translation as a student at Canada’s Concordia University. Having immigrated from Venezuela to Canada, she found herself interested in Canada’s small but thriving community of Latino-Canadian writers. The art of literary translation has...
Browse the NEA Big Read Library to learn more about Kevin Young's poetry collection Book of Hours and other Big Read titles.
Sure, we could tell you how transformative it is for teens to participate in Poetry Out Loud, but why don't we just show you? To learn more about the program and to get your school signed up for the 2017-2018 competition, visit poetryoutloud.org . Video of 2016 Poetry Out Loud National Champion...
Revisit our first-person NEA Arts magazine story with Sandra Cisneros here . Looking for a new book to read on your own or interested in bringing the NEA Big Read to your community? Check out the Big Read library and learn about how to apply for a Big Read grant here .

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