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Well, it's officially April. Not only does this mark the start of National Poetry Month, but it's also time to begin our countdown to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals , which will take place April 29-30 in Washington, DC. To kick off the next few weeks of couplets and quatrains, we...
In this week's podcast, acclaimed scholar and award-winning author Lillian Faderman discusses the "reconstructed memoir" she recently published, My Mother's Wars . In My Mother's Wars, Faderman attempts to uncover the emotional truth of her mother's life. Faderman knew...
I had the interesting experience of attending the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Boston earlier this month not long after I attended the Tools of Change (TOC) for Publishing conference in New York. The TOC conference in February was all about new technologies and...
While it's commonplace to say that art is a universal language, there is at least one artistic field where this doesn't quite hold true, and that is literature. Unlike visual art or dance or music, literature must go through an intermediary---the translator---before it can be consumed by a...
This week's podcast features M. Evelina Galang, who writes short stories, novels, and essays and directs the MFA creative writing program at the University of Miami. Her books include the story collection, Her Wild American Self and the novel One Tribe, which won the 2004 AWP Prize in the novel...
Video games have long been a part of American youth and entertainment culture. But recently, there has been debate about whether they are part of our country's artistic canon as well. In the latest issue of NEA Arts , we look at some of the more fascinating projects that bring art and...
William Joyce and co-director, Brandon Oldenburg, at the 84th Academy Awards. Photo courtesy of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ever wonder what it's like to win an Oscar? Well, here's author, illustrator, and director, William Joyce (of Moonbot Studios), the driving force...
Two of the three HENRY Review editors, Shayne Barr and Katherine Bernard. Photo by HENRY cinematographer, Edison Koo. The HENRY Review describes itself as a literary video symposium. However, the content they are producing could be defined as much more. In a year’s time, the volunteer-driven...
In this week's podcast, we mark the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by looking at his extraordinary legacy through the work of author Taylor Branch. Branch is best-known for his landmark trilogy on the Civil Rights era, America in the King Years, which won numerous awards including the...
A selection of Dzanc Books printed copies, which are also available as e-books. Photo courtesy of Dzanc Books
As printed pages are increasingly traded in for digitized screens, the very basics of publishing are being turned on their heads. Jacket copy is now replaced by metadata, downloads are...

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