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John Kennedy Toole received posthumously the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for A Confederacy of Dunces . The comic novel was published by Lousiana State University Press, with support from the Arts Endowment. When A Confederacy of Dunces was published in 1980, a remarkable new novel entered into the nation...
Washington, DC The Neon Man and Me from Shanika Smiley on Vimeo . If there was such a thing as a thoroughbred artist, Slash Coleman would fit the bill. His grandfather was a dancer at Moulin Rouge, his grandmother was a watercolorist, and his father was a sculptor. This genealogical creativity has...
San Francisco, California This year San Francisco's WritersCorps (a project of the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Public Library) celebrated National Poetry Month by taking poetry off the page and projecting it onto the screen. The Poetry Projection Project invited...
Washington, DC Youssef Biaz, 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Photo by James Kegley Congratulations to Youssef Biaz---Alabama's state champ---on taking top honors at the 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Finals! You can read more in our News Room . And stay tuned for next week's Art Talk...
Washington, DC This week’s podcast features poet Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, recent recipient of a 2011 NEA Literature Fellowship. Currently the ArtsEdge writer-in-residence at the University of Pennsylvania, Aptowicz has written five books of poetry (her most recent, Everything is...
Washington, DC At the 2010 Poetry Out Loud National Finals, state champs warm up in the green room before the start of the championship round. Photo by James Kegley Before Poetry Out Loud (POL) State Champions get to the National Finals, they have to get to the state finals. And sometimes that can...
Washington, DC Amber Tamblyn. Photo courtesy Ms. Tamblyn. Amy Poehler's blurb for Amber Tamblyn's 2009 poetry collection Bang Ditto reads, "Amber Tamblyn's writing is funny, thick, mean, strong, vulnerable, trippy and true." Turns out much of the same can be said of Amber...
Washington, DC Zamiya Felton of Charlotte's West Mecklenburg High School was North Carolina's 2010 State Champ. Photo by James Kegley. On April 28 and 29, 53 eager young people from across the U.S. will descend on Washington, DC---with their families and teachers in tow---to compete in the...
Washington, DC Samuel Menashe. Photo by Martin Duffy Poet Samuel Menashe doesn't mince words. What he writes is almost like haiku. His brief poems are pure and elegant distillations of larger, complex thoughts and ideas. Today, we'll hear from the poet himself, a man who for the past 50...
Washington, DC This week’s podcast features Kevin Young, an accomplished poet who weaves elements from film, literature, and music into his work. His book, Black Maria , for example, is film noir in verse, while Jelly Roll: A Blues draws its language and form from many styles of music,...

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