The NEA, Library Donations, Shondaland & More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell & Emily Ramser

The National Endowment for the Arts has released the selections for the fiscal year 2017 grants and fellowships, including 37 poets, a number of presses, and several literary magazines too, including Copper Canyon Press and Electric Literature.

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Rebel with a Cause by Tom Darin Liskey

Houston-based luthier Dorian Barnes has been cutting, sanding, and fashioning violins for over three decades. The son of a concert pianist and violinist, and the grandson of the first female member of the Detroit Symphony to boot, the Philadelphia-born luthier should have been a shoe-in to make music. […]

Benediction by Laura Jean Moore

Christmas tree of chrismons and Garfield and Kermit, kid cut-outs and pictures of Christmases past, mechanical wonder ornaments and antique hand-made-hand-me-downs. Animals, angels and paper. My Christmas tree’s got cheer and love and sarcasm. Disappointments and sad memories right next to delight. Tye and I decorated it while […]