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Washington, DC Text and original artwork by Jiayi Zhou, Intern, NEA Office of Public Affairs 2009 Poetry Out Loud Champion William Farley celebrates his achievement with his younger brother. Photo by James Kegley Do you believe that deaf people cannot understand poems, which are mostly based on...
Washington, DC Photo of Youssef Biaz by James Kegley Last Friday, U Street’s historic Lincoln Theater erupted in hoots and hollers when 16-year-old Youssef Biaz was announced the winner of the 2011 Poetry Out Loud competition. A senior at Auburn High School, Biaz has clinched Alabama’s Poetry Out...
Washington, DC Sherry Goodill. Photo courtesy of Dr. Goodill. It is an honor to contribute to the blog today, National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, and to tell you a little bit about dance, dance/movement therapy and children’s mental health needs. Today, SAMHSA ---the...
Washington, DC Here I am with Rip Rapson before our panel session in Detroit. Photo by Lynne Avadenka I recently visited Detroit for the Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience . This event features Kresge arts fellows, and it’s focused on Detroit, where I think they’re doing cutting-edge...
Washington, DC Youssef Biaz, 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Photo by James Kegley Congratulations to Youssef Biaz---Alabama's state champ---on taking top honors at the 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Finals! You can read more in our News Room . And stay tuned for next week's Art Talk...
Washington, DC Amber Rose Johnson (RI), the 2010 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Do you know what today is? Okay besides Duke Ellington's birthday. It's the National Finals of Poetry Out Loud . It's fitting that the street over which Ellington fixes his enlightened gaze ---U Street...
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 At the 2010 Poetry Out Loud National Finals, state champs warm up in the green room before the start of the championship round. Photo by James Kegley Before Poetry Out Loud (POL) State Champions get to the National Finals, they have to get to the state finals. And sometimes that can...
Washington, DC Amber Tamblyn. Photo courtesy Ms. Tamblyn. Amy Poehler's blurb for Amber Tamblyn's 2009 poetry collection Bang Ditto reads, "Amber Tamblyn's writing is funny, thick, mean, strong, vulnerable, trippy and true." Turns out much of the same can be said of Amber...
xApril 25, 2011 Washington, DC Adrian LaTourelle as Iachimo and Gretchen Hall as Imogen in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Cymbeline, directed by Rebecca Bayla Taichman. Photo by Scott Suchman. For Gretchen Hall, the question was never “to act or not to act.” A...

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