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Washington, DC Bassey Ikpi. Photo courtesy of artist Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian-born writer who was a featured cast member in the National Touring Company of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show, Russell Simmon's Def Poetry Jam . She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and is...
Washington, DC Image by Beth Schlenoff from 2008 event celebrating Abraham Lincoln and poetry Abraham Lincoln was a great admirer of poetry, and it's not surprising that during his lifetime---and especially after his 1865 assassination---that he inspired (and continues to inspire) the nation...
Washington, DC Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series , "Panel 1?During World War I, there was a great migration North by Southern African Americans." Image courtesy of Phillips Collection The Great Migration is a milestone in United States history: the movement of about two million African...
Washington, DC To understand the power of art, of literature, sometimes you have to have it taken away, to have it made forbidden, to lose access to it. Then you can understand its liberating essence, how it frees the mind, how it expresses ideas, how it gives you a voice. Azar Nafisi has no...
In his classic essay, "Here Is New York," E. B. White explains: "A poem compresses much in a small place and adds music, thus heightening its meaning…. The island of...
"When I started working in 1997 as a reference librarian, we were known as the armpit of the area’s library system,” said Steve Bertrand, director of the public library in...
Washington, DC Quincy Troupe. Photo by Jerry Jack. Award-winning author Quincy Troupe has written nearly two dozen books of poetry and non-fiction, including Miles: An Autobiography and Snake-Back Solos , both of which received an American Book Award. He has also received a Peabody Award for the...
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...

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