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Linda Pastan. Photo by Oliver Pastan In her poem "Traveling Light" award-winning poet Linda Pastan writes, "our lives have minds/of their own." And it is these minds that Pastan illuminates in her deceptively quiet poems in which we are revealed by what we take notice of, by...
In this week's podcast, Wesley Stace talks about his dual career as a musician and an author. Performing under the stage name John Wesley Harding, he has released some 15 albums. But when he turned his hand to literature, he published under his real name, Wesley Stace. In his third and most...
September 6, 2011 Danielle Evans. Photo by Nina Subin Barely into her mid-20s, fiction writer Danielle Evans ---a literature and creative writing professor at DC's American University---has already distinguished herself among her peers with such recognition as the 2011 Paterson Prize, the 2011...
David Hinton. Photo courtesy of Mr. Hinton "I treat a translation as a poem of my own, with the complication that it needs to correspond to an original." David Hinton is one of 16 literary translators newly selected to receive fellowship support from the NEA to translate works of...
The Alaska Quarterly Review (AQR), published at the University of Alaska in Anchorage, calls itself “a literary magazine of consequence” with good reason. For a literary journal produced in one of the more far-flung regions of the country, it has generated considerable notice for its stories:...
Washington, DC Brian Turner. Photo by Kim Buchheit, courtesy of Blue Flower Arts. "If a body is what you want,/then here is bone and gristle and flesh." ---from "Here, Bullet" by Brian Turner Having served in the U.S. military for seven years, in his work poet Brian Turner bears...
Washington, DC "Read" by flickr user markhillary The 2011-2012 Big Read grantees were announced this morning , which means it's time to start gearing up for our sixth season of the program. As always, we look forward to seeing how our 76 grant recipients will use creative new ways to...
Washington, DC Ever since its publication in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird has been a source of cultural fascination . It is read in schools, watched on the big screen, written about, discussed, and endlessly interpreted. A new documentary, Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird , studies...
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...

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