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Author of The Artist’s Compass and President and CEO of The Music Center in Los Angeles

In her new book, Rachel Moore gives practical advice and strategic insight for creating a career in the performing arts.

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Founder and CEO of Veteran Artist Project

 Creating opportunities for veterans who are artists

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Author, Musician, and former National Council on the Arts member

McBride’s latest book looks to understand what shaped James Brown-- one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

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Creator and star of Hamilton

Making history on Broadway.

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Novelist and Playwright

In her novels, Solace and Tender, she paints an unsentimental picture of Ireland.

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 Photo by Christine Mignola

Comic Book Author and Artist

Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy, still loves drawing monsters.

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Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre

They got the first grant from the NEA back in 1965 and are celebrating their own long history.

Rebecca Makkai
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2014 NEA Literature Fellow

From beautifully crafted short fiction to page-turning gothic novels, Rebecca Makkai puts art at the heart of her work.

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Poet and host of 2015 Poetry Out Loud Finals

Four-time National Poetry Slam champion Taylor Mali connects stage and page.

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Quilter, curator, and 2014 National Heritage Fellow

Carolyn Mazloomi shines a powerful light on the African-American community through narrative quilts.

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Photo credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Big Read author and MacArthur Fellow

In All Our Names, Dinaw Mengestu explores unlikely love in the midst of conflict.

McCracken Podcast
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NEA Literature Fellow

Elizabeth McCracken gives us her take on the differences in writing novels, short stories, and tweets.

Dinaw Mengestu
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Big Read Author

The author discusses the NEA Big Read selection, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, his novel about an Ethiopian exile in a gentrifying Washington DC neighborhood.

David Mura
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Writer and Spoken-Word Performer

David Mura uses his considerable talents as a poet, novelist, memoirist and performer to explore what it means to be Japanese-American.

Sherrie Maricle
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Drummer and Band Leader

Sherrie Maricle has played with jazz legends, leads an all-woman big band, and forges new roads for women in jazz. [29:28]