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We're catching up with 2010 and 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Champions Amber Rose Johnson and Kristen Dupard.
Few books are more associated with jazz than The Great Gatsby , which so evocatively captures the extravagance of The Jazz Age—a term author F. Scott Fitzgerald himself coined. So when director Baz Luhrmann transferred the story to the silver screen in 2013, the music played as important a role as...
"This might seem contradictory, but the advice I give to young poets is not to treat poetry as a career—to stay an amateur, a word that comes from the Latin amare , to love." -- Tung-Hui Hu Banish all thoughts you might have of the fusty poet who can't tell Twitter from Tumblr and who can't imagine...
2014 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Anita Norman reflects on her POL experience, shares her fears about heading off to college in the fall, and gives DC sightseeing tips.
Photos from last night's #NEAJazz 15 Concert Celebration!
A few years ago as we prepared to celebrate #NEAJazz12, we asked NEA Jazz Master Wynton Marsalis, bandleader and NEA National Council on the Arts member Irvin Mayfield, Jazz Appreciation Month Program Director Joann Stevens, and others to share their favorite songs. This playlist represents most of...
It's always fun to revisit classic scenes from epic novels, especially out loud. In today's Big Read audio pause, we're going to look at a heartbreaking moment from Charles Portis's True Grit. This scene captures the indomitable spirit of the novel's young heroine, Mattie Ross, and her trusty pony...
Some ideas for helping your kids to fall in love with jazz.
As Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), I work with a dedicated and passionate group of people and organizations to support and fund the arts in communities across America. I believe what we do is so important, not just to celebrate and affirm the arts as a national priority...
We're celebrating National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month with a look at works of poetry influenced by jazz.

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