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Julia Alvarez

Photo © Bill Eichner

NEA Literature Fellow and 2013 National Medal of Arts recipient

Writer Julia Alvarez discusses how her life as a reader led to her life as a writer and the rich source material she finds in her family's immigrant experience. [22:05]

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Unai Elorriaga

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NEA International Literary Award (Plants Don't Drink Coffee)

Basque writer Unai Elorriaga and Amaia Gabantxo, translator of Elorriaga's novel Plants Don’t Drink Coffee, discuss the book as well as the art of translation and the Basque language. [25:50]

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Joel Nelson

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NEA National Heritage Fellow

Joel Nelson talks about how he grew to love poetry and how he writes and recites poetry, as well as growing up on a ranch and his love of horses, among other subjects. [27:00]

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Amy Tan

Photo by Bob Shonbrun

NEA Big Read Selection (The Joy Luck Club)

Amy Tan talks about her first novel, The Joy Luck Club, her relationship with her mother, and the art of writing. [27:49]

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Kay Ryan

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Poet (U.S. Poet Laureate, NEA Literature Fellow)

U.S. Poet Laureate talks about her teaching career, her reaction to that initial phone call from the Library of Congress, and, of course, poetry. [21:52]

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Stan Lee

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Comic book writer, producer (National Medal of Arts recipient)

Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange: Stan Lee was there at the creation. [29:56]

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