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You know what they say: in the end there can be only one. And at the end of the two-day 2014 Poetry Out Loud National Finals, that one was Anita Norman of Arlington, Tennessee. With bold, confident recitations of poems by Stanley Kunitz, Robert Hayden, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, the...
New to Poetry Out Loud or just need a reminder how it works? Don't worry, 2011's POL emcee Kerry Washington is here to help! Just click "play" and you'll know all you need to know about the rules before you join us tonight on arts.gov at 7pm ET to cheer on the next Poetry Out...
Interest has grown significantly from governments around the world in design as a methodology for connecting new ideas with people’s needs, reducing risk, and shaping public services and policies. In late 2013, I was fortunate to undertake a study trip to America looking at how design methods...
The 53 Poetry Out Loud state champions who are arriving in Washington, DC today for two days of intense competition have a tough job. But, perhaps, there's one group who has it even tougher--the Poetry Out Loud judges. Over two days, the 14 judges for the semifinals and finals rounds must...
“When I can feel the hair on my arms raise up, I know that person has become the poem…” – Margaret Belisle on Poetry Out Loud Helena High School English teacher Margaret Belisle may have just retired, but as it turns out, you can take the teacher out of the classroom, but...
The Arts Endowment’s vision is that every student is engaged and empowered through an excellent arts education. This statement reflects a fundamental belief that all students should have the opportunity to participate in the arts, both in school and out of school. It also acknowledges the...
"Speaking a poem by heart connects you to the Greater Conversation, whatever your sorrow or bliss, whoever your god. It also lowers your blood pressure." --JoAnn Balingit, Delaware Poet Laureate Need more reasons why you should get to memorizing? Click through for more musings on the...
In the new issue of NEA Arts , two stories focus on the idea of giving voice. Ever read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez? Or anything by Colette? Or how about Stieg Larsson's popular Elisabeth Salander series? In " Literature's Invisible Art, " Rebecca Gross...
Although just six miles apart, the Pioneer Playhouse operates in more or less a separate universe from the Northpoint Training Center, a medium-security prison in Burgin, Kentucky. But while the forces of separation are thick, Robby Henson has found a way to penetrate the prison’s walls: art...
We're pretty proud of our generous and excellent cadre of Big Read audio guide contributors. Elie Wiesel, Annette Bening, Martin Amis, Aimee Mann...I could go on for days. For example, Robert Redford offered to read excerpts for the NEA from Jack London's The Call of the Wild. Some...

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