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" I’m not convinced that the questions that have been raised for me by the writing I love the most could be answered by the authors themselves." -- Eula Biss Eula Biss , a 2012 NEA Literature Fellow , is so much more than a writer. Perhaps calling her a modern-day Cassandra comes...
"Short fiction is like low relief. And if your story has no humor in it, then you're trying to look at something in the pitch dark. With the light of humor, it throws what you're writing into relief so that you can actually see it. Otherwise it's just a dark room, and what you'...
Amid the sit-ins, marches, and protests of the Civil Rights movement, Ezra Jack Keats played a quieter role, choosing to be an activist on the page rather than in the streets. In 1962, he published The Snowy Day , the first full-color picture book to feature a black child as its protagonist...
"People sometimes think of translation as a kind of intellectual subservience, a master-slave relationship; they imagine that the translator subjugates his or her own creative impulses to the demands of the original text in what must be an act of drudgery and submission. But they don't...
What is literary translation and why does it matter? The answer to the latter part of that sentence is simple: empathy. As NEA Chairman Jane Chu writes in her preface to the NEA's new publication, The Art of Empathy: Celebrating Literature in Translation , "translation fosters [a] sense of...
"I think most poets are natural witnesses and we're curious about everything." -- Allison Hedge Coke Allison Hedge Coke wears many hats: poet, filmmaker, teacher, naturalist, mentor, activist, and editor. Her collection Dog Road Woman received the American Book Award, and she has two...
When conducting Art Talks for the blog, we’ll often ask artists what they believe their responsibility is to the community, and conversely, what they think the community’s responsibility is to them. In our new issue of NEA Arts —now live on our website—we expanded this...
Meg Medina
Meg Medina is on a mission. The author of four books, including Milagros: Girl from Away and Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass , she casts strong Latina girls...
It's that time of year again (summer!) where we replace our Big Read-focused posts with Blue Star Museum Fridays. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the NEA, the Department of Defense, Blue Star Families, and more than 2,000 museums across the country, which offers free museum admission...
As long as war has been fought, war literature has been written as a means of explaining, questioning, and coping with the horrors that have taken place on the battleground. It has taken us to the front lines, to the decision rooms, to the prison camps, and to the training grounds. Much less...

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