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Melissa Walker
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Art Therapist, NICoE

Melissa Walker discusses healing wounded service members through art at Walter Reed. [25:44]

Yvonne Walker Keshick
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Quill worker and 2014 National Heritage Fellow

Yvonne Walker Keshick brings a Native-American tradition into the 21st century.

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Photo by Tony Cook

Two-time National Book Award winner

Today, we re-visit a discussion with two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward about her memoir Men We Reaped. In her memoir, Jesmyn attempts to understand the death of five young black men, including her beloved brother Joshua. But more broadly, her subject is what it means to be a black man in the south. Jesmyn uses her formidable literary skill to give voice and texture to poor, rural, black Mississippians struggling against poverty and racism in a world with no forgiveness. It’s an important and beautifully-written work with much to teach us today. And, Jesmyn Ward is as clear-eyed and thoughtful in discussion as she is in her writing.

Jesmyn Ward
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Author and 2011 National Book Award winner

In her memoir Men We Reaped, Jesmyn Ward attempts to understand the links in the untimely deaths of her brother and four friends.

Robert Ward
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Composer and 2011 NEA Opera Honoree

Toward the end of his life, Robert Ward discussed his remarkable career in music. [29:15]

Walter Ware
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Casting Director

Casting Director Walter Ware III brings the right people together. Read all about the behind-the-scenes crew in NEA Arts

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Prize-winning YA author

Author Renée Watson talks about her prize-winning YA title, Piecing Me Together and her most recent book, Watch Us Rise (co-written with Ellen Hagan). Both look at the lived experiences of black girls as they grapple with identity right at the intersection of race, class and gender. But Renée tells stories--she's not preaching...and, as in life, her characters can respond in unexpected ways. In the podcast, we talk about what goes into writing for young adults and Renée's own trajectory as a writer, educator and performer.

André Watts
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Pianist and 2011 National Medal of Arts Recipient

André Watts remembers the early years of his career. [39:41]

Wave Hill Public Garden & Cultural Center
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The Bronx, NY

Hear about New York City's best kept secret, where nature and art provide a urban unique oasis. [12:42]

William Wegman
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Visual Artist

You may know him as the guy who takes surreal pictures of his Weimaraners; but that's just one strand of William Wegman's long and varied career. [28:55]

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