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Washington, DC Author Luis Alberto Urrea didn’t know much about Kankakee, Illinois, when he was first asked to read there. After all, he was warned to watch out for turkeys in the road when driving there. So imagine his surprise to find a city in the midst of revitalization. Well, let’s...
Washington, DC "Drive-in" by Charles Henry via Flickr In the Operation Homecoming section on our website , you can browse essays on writing from authors such as Richard Bausch and Dan Rifenburg, writing samples such as "Star-Fix," Marilyn Nelson's poem about the Tuskegee...
Washington, DC Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. Photo courtesy of Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University 2011 NEA Literature Fellow Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is the author of three books of poetry: The Gospel of Barbecue (winner of the 1999 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize); Outlandish Blues ; and Red...
Washington, DC How do you translate something that makes perfect sense in one language but, if taken literally, would be gibberish in another? That is the dilemma that faces all translators of literary work, but especially so for Natasha Wimmer, who recently handled the translation of two of...
Washington, DC "Brocante de Meylan" by Filipe Ferreira via Flickr Is translation an art or a science? If it's true that something is lost in translation, is something also gained. Why bother to translate literature from one language to another anyhow? For answers to these questions...
Washington, DC In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month---which actually runs September 15 to October 15, cutting through National Preparedness Month and National Arts and Humanities Month---our Art Works podcast this week is with acclaimed writer Rudolfo Anaya. Anaya first made his name with his...
Washington, DC Here are some photos from the NEA Poetry and Prose pavilion at Saturday's Library of Congress National Book Festival. If you're wondering why all of the captions are approximately 140 characters---it's because they're thanks to Sally Gifford from Saturday's @...
Washington, DC Tim O'Brien. Photo by Tom Roster When we caught up with Tim O'Brien at the 2009 National Book Festival, we had just one question for him: Why read? Here's what he had to say.... [audio: http://artworks.arts.gov/wp-content/uploads/TimObrienWhyRead.mp3] [ transcript ] Did...
Washington, DC 2010 National Book Festival Poster by Peter Ferguson So a Nobel Laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and the poet who wrote and recited the official poem for President Barack Obama's inauguration walk into a tent...and lucky for us, that tent will be the pavilion hosted by the...
Washington, DC Esther Allen. Photo by Caroline White Esther Allen. Photo by Caroline White Since 1981, the NEA has awarded 323 literature translation fellowships for works in 61 languages from 71 countries. Today we announced $300,000 in 20 fellowships for fiscal year 2011. This year's projects...

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