Literature

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Jane Chu

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Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

NEA Chairman Jane Chu talks about her ideas for the agency and the place of the arts in her own life.

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Dinaw Mengestu

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Novelist and New Big Read Author

The author discusses the latest Big Read pick, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, his novel about an Ethiopian exile in a gentrifying Washington DC neighborhood.

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Max Brooks

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Putting Zombies on the global map

Max Brooks really isn’t kidding when it comes to zombies.

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Jesmyn Ward

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Jesmyn Ward finds the past is often present in rural Mississippi

In her memoir Men We Reaped, Jesmyn Ward attempts to understand the links in the untimely deaths of her brother and four friends.

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Jonathan Tucker

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DC Youth Slam Team Coordinator

The DC Youth Slam Team is an award-winning internationally acclaimed poetry group. Listen to their poems and find out how it all comes together.

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McCracken Podcast

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Elizabeth McCracken gives us her take on the differences in writing novels, short stories, and tweets.

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Julie Otsuka

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Novelist and Big Read author

Julie Otsuka’s first novel When the Emperor Was Divine explores her family’s history in the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.

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Sheila Black

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Poet

Disability through the lens of poetry. [27:59]

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David Mura

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Writer and Spoken-Word Performer

David Mura uses his considerable talents as a poet, novelist, memoirist and performer to explore what it means to be Japanese-American.

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 Sailja Patel

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Poet, theater artist, and activist

With a trunk full of her mother’s saris, Kenyan author and performer Shaija Patel reclaims a lost history. [29:28]

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