Literature

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Elizabeth McCracken muses on what it means to "kill your darlings."
Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang shares why a fear of getting cultural diversity wrong shouldn't stop writers from trying to write diverse characters.
Actor Tony Plans reads "My Life with the Wave" by Nobel Prize laureate and NEA Big Read author, Octavio Paz.
Arts administrator and poet Jonathan Katz (NASAA's CEO) ruminates on what he's learned from poetry.
Just because it’s called the Big Read doesn’t mean little readers can’t be involved. Our Big Read communities design all sorts of programming geared toward children, and often choose children’s companion books that draw upon the same themes as the selected Big Read title...
As I get to the end of my first quarter as NEA Chair, I’ve been thinking about how the arts foster creativity for the current generation of arts leaders, and also what we need to foster creative leadership for future generations. What defines a creative leader? What skill sets does that...
"When we bring people together to share stories, we create community. And that's what happens at festivals, and that's what I'm really interested in. It's not the idea that when you come to a festival you listen to culture or that culture is static, but more the idea that...
"We want our students to be reflections of the poems that they write and make sure that they’re writing a life that they want to live and not just writing what they see. I mean we do have to write what we see a lot. But that power that their voice has to affect other people and to change...
"…When you read Hemingway as a young writer, you begin to really focus on the importance of every word. It's not about coming up always with the new word or the flashy diction, but it's about getting to a larger truth about subjectivity and character through the simple turns...
"I always have a notebook with me, I eavesdrop, I write down what people say. It's very rare that one of those things will provoke a story, but I think that that kind of paying attention all the time, and keeping everything open, lets the stories come in. But where they come from is still...

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