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Rebecca Makkai

Photo by Philippe Matsas

2014 NEA Literature Fellow

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


Wayne Henderson

Photo by Tom Pich

Luthier, guitarist, and 1995 National Heritage Fellow

Wayne Henderson on his distinctive guitars and his distinctive sound.

NEA Director of Music and Opera

Meet a woman who crawled under barbed wire to get on a professional stage.


Headshot of Donal Sanders

Photo by Andrew H. Walker


Ensemble for the Romantic Century blends chamber music with fully staged dramas and changes both theater and concerts in the process.


Headshot of Jilann Spitzmiller

Photo by Genevieve Russell


Still Dreaming documents octogenarian actors taking on Shakespeare at the Lillian Booth Actors' Home.


AlHaj headshot

Photo by Jim Gale

Oud-player, composer, and 2015 National Heritage Fellow

Speaking the universal language of music.


Edwinge Danticat headshot

Photo by Jonathan Demme

MacArthur Fellow and Big Read author

We explore the writing of her powerful memoir, Brother, I’m Dying.


Headshot of Joe Wilson wearing a straw hat.

Photo by Tom Pich

NEA National Heritage Fellow, Advocate for Folk and Traditional Arts

2001 NEA National Heritage Fellow Joe Wilson weaves his storytelling spell into the history of Blue Ridge Mountain culture.


Graham Beal headshot

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts

Graham Beal takes us behind the scenes of the new exhibit Frida Kalho and Diego Rivera in Detroit and shares his support for the Blue Star Museum Program.


Headshot of Rick Burns

Photo by Kfir Ziv

Documentary filmmaker

Ric Burns' documentary American Ballet Theatre: A History celebrates dance and ABT’s 75th Anniversary.


Headshot of the artists.

Photo by Yury Nakonechny

NEA National Heritage Fellow

Ukrainian embroiderer, weaver and bead worker Vera Nakonechny keeps a traditional culture alive.


Head shot of Dan Vera

Photos courtesy of Dan Vera


Speaking Wiri Wiri and translating the immigrant experience.


Brando Skyhorse

Photo courtesy of Brando Skyhorse

Author and 2015 Poetry Out Loud judge

He had a childhood no one could make up—with his memoir, he creates order from the chaos.


Carla Bley

Photo by D. D. Rider

Composer, pianist and 2015 NEA Jazz Master

Writing for big bands, choirs, and small ensembles, Carla Bley remains a graceful and innovative voice for progressive jazz.

Poet and host of 2015 Poetry Out Loud Finals

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