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Month: November 2012

An Inside Look at the NEA with Literature Director, Ira Silverberg

An Inside Look at the NEA with Literature Director, Ira Silverberg

Ira Silverberg is the Literature Director at the National Endowment for the Arts. Prior to his current position at the NEA, Silverberg worked as a publisher, literary agent, and editor. He has represented National Book Award nominees, including Adam Haslett, Christopher Sorrentino, and Rene Steinke. […]

Say the Hard Thing

Say the Hard Thing

After poet Nikky Finney’s reading at the 2012 National Book Festival, an aspiring poet came to the microphone to ask how to avoid censoring herself when writing about difficult topics. “Be willing to say the hard thing in the most beautiful way,” Finney told her. […]