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In this week's podcast, we meet an indie favorite: singer, songwriter, and now author, Josh Ritter. He is the balladeer of the 21st century, creating intricately constructed folk songs with a modern sensibility. Because he is a musical storyteller with songs that sing like short stories, it was...
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Philip Levine, the former Poet Laureate of the United States, is 84 years old. Kristen Dupard, the 2012 Poetry Out Loud National Champion, just graduated high school. Though decades apart in age and miles apart in geography---she's from Ridgeland, Mississippi; he's from Detroit---they share...
Eloisa James. Photo courtesy of Ms. James "Since I write romance, the challenge is to make the reader believe, if only momentarily, that this time , the promise of the cover and the genre itself won’t come true." --- Eloisa James Degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Yale are not...
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Here's a podcast to whet your appetite for the upcoming National Book Festival : a conversation with novelist and NEA Literature Fellow, Margot Livesey. She'll be reading from her recent novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy , in the NEA's Poetry and Prose Pavilion this Saturday at 3:30 p.m...
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Parul Sehgal. Photo courtesy of Ms. Sehgal In honor of the National Book Festival this weekend, we asked literary critic Parul Sehgal to reflect on the power of books in her life. An editor at The New York Times Book Review, Ms. Sehgal previously worked as the books editor at NPR.org, and as a...
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Nikky Finney. Photo courtesy of Ms. Finney "The role of the artist in the community is to not see herself as something special---set off to the side---but rather someone integral, like the carpenter, the electrician, the school teacher, the nurse...." ---Nikky Finney In a 2011 interview...
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Dan Bellm. Photo by Annie Silverstein "We owe it to each other to read world literature, to cross borders, to enter other lives and times in the way that only great writing can." --- Dan Bellm Professor, editor, translator, and poet---2013 NEA Literature Translation Fellow Dan Bellm has...
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This week's podcast goes backstage with John Collins, the director of Gatz. This remarkable play takes as its text F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic of and about The Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby . The Great Gatsby was also one of the first titles chosen for the NEA's Big Read program , which...
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Brian Turner. Photo by Kim Buchheit, courtesy of Blue Flower Arts. In support of our recent issue of NEA Arts , we're featuring a fresh perspective on war by another artist, poet Brian Turner. It's no secret that writers, playwrights, and poets have been capturing the wartime experience...
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Meet Christopher Paul Curtis. He is known for writing historical fiction for young adults that center on African-American families and tackle tough issues with humor and honesty. His latest book, The Mighty Miss Malone, has all the hallmarks of a Curtis novel: a likeable and utterly believable...
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