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Photo by Sivi Steys via Flickr Anais Nin famously declared, "I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning, and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me." Lucky for us, the Washington, DC-area writers we asked to share their New...
This week's podcast gives us an intimate view of the life of one of America’s top ballet companies. Our guide is Stephen Manes, who just published Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet , which documents a full season of Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB...
If you asked me early in my medical career how the arts played a role in healing, I might have checked to see if you had a fever. How times have changed. Over the past 30 years, I have watched our profession evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our wounded warriors. Some of those who have...
Benjamin Percy and his sister and fellow writer Jennifer Percy. Photo by William J. Adams “The writer’s life is spent alone---at the desk---the missives we write equivalent to notes in a bottle tossed into a midnight sea.” --- Benjamin Percy Not only does writing apparently run in...
Ira Silverberg. Photo © Tim Pannell Today we're welcoming new literature director Ira Silverberg on his first day at the NEA! Silverberg joins the agency after a distinguished career in the private sector of literary publishing, including stints as a literary agent, director of foreign...
This week's podcast focuses on the improbable friendship between Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Their relationship is the subject of Brenda Wineapple’s book, White Heat , which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Higginson was a prominent cultural...
This week's podcast is a conversation with writer Tim O’Brien about his 1990 novel The Things They Carried , which is a Big Read selection. Although O'Brien is a veteran who served in Vietnam, The Things They Carried is a work of fiction presented as a memoir. A finalist for both the...
Translation by Xi Chuan and Katie Schulze Xi Chuan during his visit to the U.S. for the Push Open the Window book tour. Photo by Katie Schulze "Thought is like flying, though flying gives you vertigo,/ which is why I don't always want to be in thought." --- Xi Chuan, from "...
People browse vendor tents at Printers Row Lit Fest with Dearborn Station clocktower in background
Talk to any technophile, and they'll tell you the same thing: books are for dinosaurs; newspapers are dead. Blog posts are the new literary essay, and the only sentences worth...
J.D. McClatchy. Photo by Geoff Spear I’ve been writing poems for half a century now, and for nearly as long I’ve been teaching students---at Princeton and at Yale---how to write them as well, drilling them in the complexities of the craft and the ambitions of the art. Thomas Mann once...

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