Literature

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Close-up photo of Fed Joiner
Fred Joiner, a poet and visual artist, has called DC’s Anacostia neighborhood home for the past six years. We asked Joiner to give us his take on working and living...
horizontal image made up of six book covers
Approximately 40 years ago, a young writer named Allan Kornblum spent a life-changing afternoon in the Parish Hall at New York City’s St. Mark’s Church helping to hand-collate a mimeographed...
March 15, 2010 Los Angeles, CA Portrait by John Sherffius Rocco brings his California Art Works tour to Los Angeles today, which is also home to one of our favorite authors, Ray Bradbury. Bradbury's visionary novel, Fahrenheit 451 , was one of the first books chosen for the NEA initiative, The...
Galina Alekseeva, Chairman Dana Gioia, and Vladimir Tolstoy
One of the ideas behind the NEA's national reading program The Big Read is that, through literature, neighbors are able to get to know each other better and make lasting...
Panelists - two men and two women - at the panel table
“Literary exchanges are one of the most effective ways to introduce people of different countries to one another.” So stated Chairman Dana Gioia when he introduced the NEA’s new initiative,...
Samuel Green and BreAnna Jones
In December 2007, Washington native Samuel Green became the state's first poet laureate. The author of 10 poetry collections, he is also the longtime editor of Brooding Heron Press, which...
African-American woman at a microphone
In just its first year of participation, the U.S. Virgin Islands saw its Poetry Out Loud champion, Charlotte Amalie High School sophomore Shawntay A. Henry, crowned the program's third national...
A man in a hat holds a micrhphone in one hand and places the other in his front pocket.
With his ten-gallon hat, seated on horseback with lasso in hand, the fictitious cowboy has captured the popular imagination as a strong, silent type. A group of Western folklorists set...
Cover for the book In Country by Bobbie Ann Mason. The cover illustration takes up the whole area. In the lower half it shows a child in a hunting outfit and carrying a gun. In the upper right hand corner the leg and shoe of a person, presumably walking a
The following is an excerpt of author Bobbie Ann Mason's account of the effects of her 1983 NEA Literature Fellowship in the 1993 NEA publication Generation of Fellows . "I...
Book cover for A Confederacy of Dunces. A cartoon like figure of a chubby man in a trenchcoat wearing a cap & scarf, holds a small curver sword in one hand and a hot dog in the other.
"Here at any rate is Ignatius Reilly, without progenitor in any literature I know of--slob extraordinary, a mad Oliver Hardy, a fat Don Quixote, a perverse Thomas Aquinas rolled into...

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