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Washington, DC 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 vary from the ancient to the contemporary...
Washington, DC What is the responsibility of those that survive? This question that Julia Alvarez asks in her novel In the Time of the Butterflies is a thread that runs through Alvarez's literary life. In this week's NEA podcast Alvarez---a child of Dominican parents who didn't publish...
Red Hook, New York "We translators work on our own so much that we sometimes forget our work is being read by others, so the fact that other translators judged my work as important and worthy of an [NEA] grant means the world to me."---NEA Literature Translation Fellow Charlotte Mandell...
St. Paul, Minnesota 2010 NEA Literature Fellow Matthew Batt. Photo courtesy author Matthew Batt?s fiction, creative nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared in Tin House , Mid-American Review , and the San Francisco Chronicle , among numerous other publications. Batt received a 2010 NEA...
Washington, DC Chicago Public Library poster, project of Illinios WPA, from Library of Congress archives Here's part two of our between-the-lines look at what our colleagues are reading this summer. Sunil Iyengar, Director, Office of Research and Analysis I?ve just read Christopher Hitchens?...
Washington, DC Photo by Dave Crosby via Flickr If there's one thing most of us have in common here at the NEA---other than a passion for the arts---it's that we're readers. So we polled our colleagues to find out what's on everyone's reading lists this summer. (One blog post isn...
Washington, DC Unai Elorriaga's novel Plants Don't Drink Coffee was one of the few Basque works translated into English this year?okay, it may well be the only Basque work translated into English this year. Despite a strong oral tradition of storytelling, few literary books in Basque?a...
Washington, DC [flv: http://artworks.arts.gov/wp-content/uploads/Holly-Bass.mp4 450 273] Holly Bass recites her poem "what's left." [ transcript ] Poet, dancer, trapezist---Holly Bass is a bonafide Washington, DC multihyphenate. In this audio blog, Bass shares her take on living the...
Washington, DC Although 2009 NEA National Heritage Fellow Joel Nelson is known as a cowboy poet, it might be best not to mention it to him because he doesn't like the term. He thinks people might dismiss that type of poetry as trivial, and they would be wrong to do so. As he says, cowboy poetry...
Washington, DC Dylan Landis DC-based writer Dylan Landis was one of 42 prose writers to receive a 2010 NEA Literature Fellowship. Her body of work includes Normal People Don't Live Like This , a novel-in-stories that was listed as one of Newsday' s "Ten Best Books of 2009" and one...

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