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While many people have heard of the Vietnam Conflict, not as many may know that, as part of the hostilities, the U.S. bombed the neighboring country of Laos 24 hours a day for nine years. In the mid-2000s, New Zealand filmmaker Kim Mordaunt initially went to Laos to make a documentary about an...
Langston Hughes was never far from jazz. He listened to it at nightclubs, collaborated with musicians from Monk to Mingus, often held readings accompanied by jazz combos, and even wrote a children’s book called The First Book of Jazz . For Hughes, jazz was a way of life. He was, of course,...
What do you call it when 13,000 writers show up at the same place at the same time with nothing but literature on their minds? According to the ubiquitous tote bags, it's the annual literary convention/gabfest/"writers' family reunion" put on by the Association of Writers and...
One of the semifinalist prizes for the Poetry Out Loud National Finals competition is money for the student's school to buy books of poetry for its library. With so many choices out there, we thought we'd ask our Facebook fans and our Twitter followers for their recommendations. What would...
William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. Photo by Laurie Lambrecht “Even working with a director that understands my work or understands the community, I've always had this problem of basically working through someone's misconceptions and stereotypes about Native people before we could actually...
“Nothing is beneath poetic notice--that's why nothing is too big for it.” -- Heather McHugh, NEA Literature Fellow Click through to read the complete interview with Heather McHugh by--wait for it--Heather McHugh! Can't get enough quotes about poetry? Visit the NEA Facebook page...
“April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.” –Mark Twain When Tom Sawyer tricked a few friends into whitewashing a fence for him—a task he had been assigned as punishment—the scrappy Sawyer instantly...
The poster depicted above was originally created by Katherine Milhous as part of the WPA Federal Art Project of Pennsylvania. The WPA (Work Projects Administration) was a New Deal agency in operation from 1935 to 1943. Artists sponsored by the WPA's Federal Art Project include a Who's Who...
"We tend to underestimate the psychic costs of writing lyric poetry. It's already a dangerous effort that requires considerable amounts of character and self-awareness. And when we consider that the fear of coming to terms with one's own unique humanity is a major hazard in the writing...
"Many people come up to me and ask me how I play this jazz so good, you know? And they think I'm going to tell them something like it's in the hands or the heart or some nonsense like that. But I'm here to tell you, it ain't cosmic. It ain't super deep. And it ain't got...

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