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NEA Support

Love books?  How about the people who write them?  Writers, poets, historians and memoirists need your help. Check out this fabulous video about the NEA’s literature grant:  Next step?  Call, write, or e-mail your representative and tell them: “I’m a Republican [or Democrat or an Independent] who wants your help to continue funding for The […]

Port Washington Library Book and Author Luncheon, 2017

Back in the earlyish-90s, I got a call from Poets & Writers.  Essentially, there was no time to dither.  Funding of the National Endowment for the Arts was under assault by Jesse Helms and Co.  Arts organizations had to fight back.  Poets & Writers (I’m now chairman of the board) was among the first to […]

Domestic Terrorism, Red, White and Blue

­Here we are again, with the FBI and local law enforcement finally closing down a right-wing militia action. But they’ll be back: I know it. I studied it. Around 1995, the time of the Oklahoma City bombing, I got curious about the radical right – militias, the Christian Identity movement, white supremacists, freemen. I needed […]

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