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5 Ways You Benefit from Writing Poetry! (from The pARTnership Movement)

April is National Poetry Month, inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets to celebrate poetry and its vital role in American culture. The academy sponsors events such as the star-studded Poetry & the Creative Mind Gala (April 17 at Lincoln Center in New York City) and mass-appeal activities like Poem in Your Pocket Day (April […]

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Art Works Podcast: Richard Currey

August 9, 2012 By Josephine Reed Richard Currey. Photo courtesy of The Writer’s Center This week’s podcast is a little bit different. We wanted to continue the conversation begun with the recent issue of NEA Arts which focuses on the rich intersections of the arts and the military. So, we asked Vietnam veteran and author […]

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Art Talk with NEA Literary Translation Fellow Johanna Warren

August 1, 2012 by Paulette Beete Johanna Warren. Photo by Monik Geisel “I used to do a lot of waiting…for inspiration and luck, but then I realized both of those things are like lightning, and you can either sit at home wondering, ‘Why haven’t I been struck by lightning yet?’ or you can cover yourself […]

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Mentorship and the Millenial Woman

There has been much talk lately of what it means to be a “modern woman.” I am told that I am a millennial, that I am part of a generation, a movement much larger than myself. This may be true for the purposes of the census but on a day-to-day level I am not overly-conscious […]

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Jazz Mix Tape: U.S. Poet Laureate edition

July 17, 2012 by Paulette Beete and Rebecca Gross Philip Levine. Photo by Geoffrey Berliner Thanks to his Detroit upbringing, former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine has more than a passing connection with some of the country’s jazz legends, such as NEA Jazz Masters Kenny Burrell, Elvin Jones, and Tommy Flanagan. In fact, Levine has […]

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Bringing Poetry to Prisons

It’s rare, if not completely unheard of, to hear a recent college graduate speak about the social responsibility that compels him to reach the community at-large as well as the individual spirit. And quite possibly, it’s even more unique to hear this from a young poet, one who holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from […]

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Reflections on Reading

July 10, 2012 By Rebecca Gross It’s a great day for American literature! Today, the NEA announced $1 million in funding for the 2012-2013 Big Read. As we toast our 78 new grantees, we thought it would be a good time to remember the core message of the program: that reading can change lives, change […]

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Why Am I and What Difference Does It Make?: Questions from a Young Artist

TweetMy name is Victoria Ford. I’m Southern, I’m black, and I’m an artist. Perhaps you’re wondering—and appropriately so—why I would begin this way. My introduction is inspired by exciting news. With her recent honor as the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Tretheway is the first Southern writer to hold this prestigious title since Robert Penn […]

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Art Works Podcast: Dean Bakopoulos

June 14, 2012 By Josephine Reed Dean Bakopoulos. Photo by Amanda Okopski This week’s podcast is a conversation with Dean Bakopoulos, who easily navigates the worlds of fiction and journalism. Currently a professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University, Bakopoulos has lectured at Michigan, Cornell, and other universities […]

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Toni Morrison: An Appreciation

June 7, 2012 by Amy Stolls, Literature Program Officer President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Toni Morrison during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, May 29, 2012. Of Morrison’s work, the president said, “I remember reading Song of Solomon when I was a kid and not just […]

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