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“Dear March — Come in — How glad I am — I hoped for you before — ” Although Emily Dickinson found poetic inspiration in every season, spring for her held special appeal. “Spring to her was the great subject,” said Dr. Judith Farr, a Dickinson scholar...
Holly Bass is a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, writer, and director. A Cave Canem fellow, she has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies. In April of 2014, she will pilot a year-round creative writing and performance program for adjudicated youth in Washington, DC...
Ever since the first Irishmen and women arrived in this country, they have contributed their unique experience to all aspects of American life, including literature. Through their writing, they have reflected how their Irish heritage both connects and isolates them from the rest of American society...
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re honoring a woman whose heroics were immortalized in the pages of Big Read title In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. The book, which is based on true events, chronicles the four Mirabel sisters as they attempt to overthrow Rafael...
I n honor of Women's History Month, we asked poet Maureen Seaton — a 1994 NEA Literature Fellow — to share with us five women artists who have influenced not just her work but her life as an artist. Or as Seaton put it, what follows is her list of " women writers who rocked my...
March is one day away, so to kick off National Women's Month we're shining a light on Mattie Ross, the 14-year-old heroine of Charles Portis's novel, True Grit . Though fictional, young Mattie leaps off the pages with her unwavering conviction and outsize personality. This wonderful...
In 1966, author Jorge Luis Borges told an interviewer, “I think nowadays, while literary men seem to have neglected their epic duties, the epic has been saved for us, strangely enough, by the Westerns.” It’s true that the soundstages of Hollywood—commercially driven and...
In honor of Valentine's Day, we asked our Facebook friends to tell us about their first literary crush. Here's what they had to say: I think I have to go with Jane Eyre. Then and now, I view her behavior as so admirable. She has a hard road to hoe but she traverses everything with dignity...
Washington is a tourist’s dream: we’ve got more monuments and museums than you can shake a stick at. But in between the grand marble memorials are a number of smaller literary landmarks, which are often regrettably easy to miss. Here are a few that are worth seeking out. Henry Wadsworth...
"I... write to give voice to the lion’s tale, after the proverb, 'Until the lion tells its history, the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.' I write to challenge notions of a social hierarchy, to give my readers hope that we can work to eliminate social inequality...

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