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In a proclamation penned by a few leading children’s authors , it was written that “picture books should be fresh, honest, piquant, and beautiful.” To demonstrate just how fresh and beautiful they can be, NEA Director of Literature Amy Stolls recently brought in about six dozen...
"Every interaction with a patient is in some sense a form of poetry." - Dr. Rafael Campo Dr. Rafael Campo is that rare kind of human being who’s both right and left-brained. Not only is he a doctor, he’s a published and well-respected poet. Campo is as serious about the power...
"Books, you know, they’re not just commodities. The profit motive often is in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often...
While we're grateful for artists every month, we're particularly thankful in this month when we take time off from "real life" to count our blessings large and small. In today's post NEA staffers reflect on some artists to whom they'd like to give a big old THANK YOU! Don...
Literary translator Johanna Warren talks about the relationship between the translator and the author whose work is being translated.
Edwidge Danticat muses on writing and knowing the self.
At 45 years old, Earl Mills was married with five children, owned his own home, and had worked steadily through the years. Yet he had a secret that few others knew: he could not read. This is unfortunately not an unusual circumstance: according to the U.S. Department of Education, 32 million U.S...
“And in the end, of course, a true war story is never about war. It's about sunlight. It's about the special way that dawn spreads out on a river when you know you must cross the river and march into the mountains and do things you are afraid to do. It's about love and memory. It...
“We in the book community are in the middle of a sustained conversation about diversity. We talk about our need for diverse books with diverse characters written by diverse writers. I wholeheartedly agree. But I have noticed an undercurrent of fear in many of our discussions. We’re...
A few weeks ago, we posted a new audio gem to our Shortcuts section , of actor Charles Keating reading Edgar Allan Poe 's poem "The Bells." His recitation was so perfectly eerie that it seemed only appropriate to have you take a listen on Halloween, that Poe-iest day of the year...

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