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We're pretty proud of our generous and excellent cadre of 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 contributors, Redford...
"Whereas science through its objectivity and rigor distills the human being out of ideas, the arts reconstitute science to include human beings." -- Dr. Ainissa Ramirez Dr. Ainissa Ramirez is a science evangelist, an impassioned champion for science education. She has a Ph.D. in material...
"When I hear anyone talk about the death of classical music, I feel like that individual must ignore all media, because classical music is ubiquitous within it." -- Emily Reese Whether you're a Candy Crush addict, er, we mean aficionado, a seasoned World of Warcraft vet, or your...
Did you know that the digital version of NEA Arts magazine gives you access to exclusive online-only content? This quarter's issue features four additional stories, including two that are for-your-ears-only. First up, Adam Kampe interviews two artists associated with the State Department's...
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...

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