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In this blog post, Dan Blank explores the risks of pursuing a creative life.
2014 Poetry Out Loud National Champ Anita Norman shares how she was transformed by discovering poetry through the Poetry Out Loud competition.
Gene Luen Yang in classroom teaching.
In 2006, Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese became the first graphic novel to become a National Book Award finalist and to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. According...
Everyone, it seems, is looking for love. Except for kids. They hate love. For most of them, it’s a cootie-covered contaminant, something to be avoided and vehemently denied. Interactions with the opposite sex are often limited to elongated ewwwwws, and the faintest blush at someone’s...
Toni Morrison wearing hat, sitting and gesturing with her hands
Talking to Toni Morrison about failure is a bit like talking to Einstein about stupidity: it’s incongruous, to say the least. At 83, Morrison is one of the world’s best-known...
An interview with 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Youssef Biaz about his favorite poets, his first time reciting a poem, and why he still loves poetry.
Later this week, we’ll be releasing our latest issue of NEA Arts , which will focus on the concept of creative failure. We asked artists, art critics, and creative entrepreneurs about their definition of failure, and whether stumbles—either real or imagined—had ever proved...
For years, Serena Hall empowered women through her work as an equal opportunity manager for the federal government, where she trained women to “break through that glass ceiling,” as she said. After she retired, she took up painting, portraying the same type of strong women that she had...
Last Saturday marked Edith Wharton 's birthday—she would have turned 153—so we thought we’d celebrate with a few facts you might not know about the Pulitzer Prize-winning Big Read author. She kept up with the Joneses: Wharton was born Edith Newbold Jones, a daughter of one of...
2014 Poetry Out Loud National Champion reflects on her experience attending and performing at the 2014 National Storytelling Festival

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