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Oud-player, composer, and 2015 National Heritage Fellow

Speaking the universal language of music.

MacArthur fellow and Big Read author

We explore the writing of her powerful memoir, Brother, I’m Dying.


Headshot of Joe Wilson wearing a straw hat.

Photo by Tom Pich

NEA National Heritage Fellow, Advocate for Folk and Traditional Arts

2001 NEA National Heritage Fellow Joe Wilson weaves his storytelling spell into the history of Blue Ridge Mountain culture.


Graham Beal headshot

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Graham Beal takes us behind the scenes of the new exhibit Frida Kalho and Diego Rivera in Detroit and shares his support for the Blue Star Museum Program.


Headshot of Rick Burns

Photo by Kfir Ziv

American Ballet Theatre A History celebrates dance and ABT’s 75th Anniversary

NEA National Heritage Fellow

Ukrainian embroiderer, weaver and bead worker Vera Nakonechny keeps a traditional culture alive.


Head shot of Dan Vera

Photos courtesy of Dan Vera

Speaking Wiri Wiri and translating the immigrant experience.


Brando Skyhorse

Photo courtesy of Brando Skyhorse

He had a childhood no one could make up—with his memoir, he creates order from the chaos.


Carla Bley

Photo by D. D. Rider

Writing for big bands, choirs, and small ensembles, Carla Bley remains a graceful and innovative voice for progressive jazz.

Four-time National Poetry Slam champion Taylor Mali connects stage and page.


Sam White head shot

Courtesy of Sam White

Sam White loves Shakespeare and loves her hometown Detroit. So she emptied her bank account and started a site-specific professional theater company, Shakespeare in Detroit. It’s amazing.

Actor Tonya Beckman: a core member of the Taffety Punk Theater Company
and a Riot Grrrl in good standing.  Classical theater with a difference.


Deborah Bond headshot with a butterfly mask covering half of her face.

Photo by Christopher Barclay

Dual Lives:
Deborah Bond sings like a dream, has three cds and tours internationally.
But she still needs a day job to pay the bills.


Tayari Jones head shot.

Photo courtesy of Algonquin Press

Tayari Jones: an author who loves the process of writing.