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NEA and literature

Washington, DC This week’s podcast features poet Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, recent recipient of a 2011 NEA Literature Fellowship. Currently the ArtsEdge writer-in-residence at the University of Pennsylvania, Aptowicz has written five books of poetry (her most recent, Everything is...
Washington, DC Samuel Menashe. Photo by Martin Duffy Poet Samuel Menashe doesn't mince words. What he writes is almost like haiku. His brief poems are pure and elegant distillations of larger, complex thoughts and ideas. Today, we'll hear from the poet himself, a man who for the past 50...
Washington, DC In this week’s Art Works podcast , National Book Critics Circle Award winner Jennifer Egan talks about her wildly imaginative novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad . The book is comprised of interlocking stories told in non-linear narratives that stylistically range from tragedy to...
Washington, DC Bassey Ikpi. Photo courtesy of artist Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian-born writer who was a featured cast member in the National Touring Company of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show, Russell Simmon's Def Poetry Jam . She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and is...
Washington, DC Image by Beth Schlenoff from 2008 event celebrating Abraham Lincoln and poetry Abraham Lincoln was a great admirer of poetry, and it's not surprising that during his lifetime---and especially after his 1865 assassination---that he inspired (and continues to inspire) the nation...
Washington, DC Quincy Troupe. Photo by Jerry Jack. Award-winning author Quincy Troupe has written nearly two dozen books of poetry and non-fiction, including Miles: An Autobiography and Snake-Back Solos , both of which received an American Book Award. He has also received a Peabody Award for the...
Washington, DC Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. Photo courtesy of Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University 2011 NEA Literature Fellow Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is the author of three books of poetry: The Gospel of Barbecue (winner of the 1999 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize); Outlandish Blues ; and Red...
Washington, DC How do you translate something that makes perfect sense in one language but, if taken literally, would be gibberish in another? That is the dilemma that faces all translators of literary work, but especially so for Natasha Wimmer, who recently handled the translation of two of...
Washington, DC "Brocante de Meylan" by Filipe Ferreira via Flickr Is translation an art or a science? If it's true that something is lost in translation, is something also gained. Why bother to translate literature from one language to another anyhow? For answers to these questions...
Washington, DC In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month---which actually runs September 15 to October 15, cutting through National Preparedness Month and National Arts and Humanities Month---our Art Works podcast this week is with acclaimed writer Rudolfo Anaya. Anaya first made his name with his...

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