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With every New Year comes a batch of resolutions on how we can improve ourselves. Less junk food, more exercise. Less complaining, more volunteering. And for many of us, less television, and more reading. We can’t help you with the kale-eating or the gym-going, but here are five reasons why...
After recently stumbling into an (older) review of Wes Anderson's movies by the remarkable writer, Michael Chabon, I was reminded of Chabon's memorable breakdown of the Big Read novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, by one of his favorite writers, Ursula K. Le Guin. Curiously, both Wes Anderson'...
New NEA Literature Fellow Sandra Beasley shares her cultural resolutions for 2015.
"Our Christmases together were simple. We limited our gifts to pennies and wits and all-out competition. Who would come up with the most outrageous for the least? The real Christmas was for the children, an idea I found totally compatible, for I had long ago ceased to speculate on the meaning...
French novelist and 2014 Nobel Laureate in Literature Patrick Modiano muses on the writer's relationship with memory in an excerpt from his Nobel lecture.
“I think in America we forget that writing and carrying that banner of "being a poet" is tied into a long history of people that have literally risked [their lives] and died to write those words.” — Javier Zamora Poet Javier Zamora is obsessed with borders. There is the...
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...

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