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Judging the Poetry Out Loud National Finals is a tough job, but you know what they say---somebody's got to do it. So who are these somebodies? Well, according to our interviews with the judges, we have at least one haibun, one sestina, and some free verse in the bunch. Confused? Read on and we...
On Monday, 53 young people from all over the U.S. will take the stage at Washington, DC's Lisner Auditorium for two days of competition as each one strives to be the next Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Long after the competition is over, regardless of how far each participant ultimately...
This week's podcast is a conversation with the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Adam Johnson. We're proud to say that Johnson is an old friend: he was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship in 2010. Since we were already familiar with his work, we weren't surprised to learn...
Singer and songwriter Neko Case performs as a solo artist and with the Canadian-bred rock band The New Pornographers. Her music is an eclectic mix of country, gospel, torch, and pop: always original and compellingly lyrical.(Her latest CD---currently named The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight...
Without a doubt, the young competitors of Poetry Out Loud have a tough job---not only do they have to memorize three poems word perfect, but they then have to recite those poems in front of a crowded auditorium knowing they are being judged on their accuracy, physical presence, voice and...
April 23 marks the 449 th birthday of the English poet and playwright William Shakespeare. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up several little known facts about the "Bard of Avon." Think we missed a fanciful factoid? Add to the comments below. In Shakespeare’s famous words, “...
In just a few short weeks, 53 young people from all over the U.S. will converge on Washington, DC, to compete for the hard-won title of 2013 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Many of us at the NEA will happily be in the audience on April 29 and 30 cheering them on, and at the same time being...
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...

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