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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...
Washington, DC Zamiya Felton of Charlotte's West Mecklenburg High School was North Carolina's 2010 State Champ. Photo by James Kegley. On April 28 and 29, 53 eager young people from across the U.S. will descend on Washington, DC---with their families and teachers in tow---to compete in the...
Washington, DC In this week's podcast , pianist, composer, NEA Jazz Master and 2011 Guggenheim Fellow Randy Weston talks about his life in music. And what a life he’s led! For six decades, he has embodied world music, traveling and performing in five continents, always listening for the...
Seattle, Washington Typebars by Molly Ali via Flickr When the NEA asked me to contribute to the #SupplyDemand dialogue, I did a little research that uncovered a certain editorial from an edition of the Clayton High School Globe in St. Louis, Missouri, dated January 31, 1963. Here’s a short...
Washington, DC Miles and Sonny by Wilson McLean. Oil on linen. Even the most casual of listeners would be able to identify jazz if they heard it. But would you know it if you saw it? For painter Wilson McLean , visually conveying the spirit, history, and personalities of the music are central...

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