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In late January, author Dinaw Mengestu spoke at New York City's Bernie Wohl Center as part of the Goddard Riverside Community Center's Big Read kick-off event. We've excerpted a piece of a longer conversation with host Cary Barbor, where Mengestu delves into the importance of melancholy...
In this blog post, Dan Blank explores the risks of pursuing a creative life.
2014 Poetry Out Loud National Champ Anita Norman shares how she was transformed by discovering poetry through the Poetry Out Loud competition.
Everyone, it seems, is looking for love. Except for kids. They hate love. For most of them, it’s a cootie-covered contaminant, something to be avoided and vehemently denied. Interactions with the opposite sex are often limited to elongated ewwwwws, and the faintest blush at someone’s...
We're in the mood for love and jazz so here's a playlist of more than two dozen NEA Jazz Masters singing and playing songs of love (and maybe just a little heartbreak) to set the scene for Valentine's Day or any other day you're in the mood for love. You can preview some of the...
An interview with 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Youssef Biaz about his favorite poets, his first time reciting a poem, and why he still loves poetry.
Later this week, we’ll be releasing our latest issue of NEA Arts , which will focus on the concept of creative failure. We asked artists, art critics, and creative entrepreneurs about their definition of failure, and whether stumbles—either real or imagined—had ever proved...
For years, Serena Hall empowered women through her work as an equal opportunity manager for the federal government, where she trained women to “break through that glass ceiling,” as she said. After she retired, she took up painting, portraying the same type of strong women that she had...
Tener duende, to have a certain magic Last month, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in partnership with the NEA's Office of Research & Analysis (ORA), released the 2014 Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA). Top-line statistics from the account include the share of U.S...
Some people fight injustice through the courts, others with civil disobedience, and still others with their art. Award-winning playwright Marcus Gardley falls into the third category. His dramas are both wildly inventive and rich with history, invoking poetry, original music, and Greek mythology to...

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