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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...
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...

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