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Celebrate National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept of the month is to widen the attention of individuals and the media to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concerns.

JoAnn Balingit, Delaware's Poet Laureate, writes a weekly "On Poetry" piece that appears in the Sunday Life Section of The News Journal to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Poems of the week: "The Lego Brick," by Jesse Li; "On Loving a Ghost," by Kyna Smith; "A Small Green Tree," by Youngsoo Kwon; and "August," by Alecia Nippert.

Kathleen Becker represents Delaware at National Poetry Out Loud competition

BeckerHere's wishing Kathleen Becker well as she heads off to Washington, DC at the end of April to represent Delaware in the National Poetry Out Loud competition! Kathleen, a senior from Red Lion Christian Academy, won Delaware’s Poetry Out Loud state competition on February 25, 2014, held at the Smyrna Opera House. Details…

NEA Announces F2015 Funding Programs

Challenge America Grant Application Deadlines in May 2014
The National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America grant application deadlines are coming up.  

  • May 8, 2014 is the deadline of record.  Applicants submit the SF-424 form (Application for Federal Domestic Assistance) supplying basic information about the organization and project to Grants.gov.

  • May 22 to June 5, 2014 applicants upload a substantial part of the application, including narrative, bios, financial information, statements of support, and work samples to NEA-GO.


Mezzanine Gallery in March

J. Gordon
April 4 - 25, 2014 
Closing Reception: April 25 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Click here for more information.

Untitled (Ghost Dog), 2014
15" x 10", Mixed Media on Panel

2014 Cape Henlopen Poetry and Prose Writers’ Retreat

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Poetry and Prose Writers Retreat. Held this year at the Virden Conference Center in Lewes, Delaware October 16-19, this weekend retreat offers writers an opportunity to explore their craft and generate new work under the tutelage of JoAnn Balingit, Delaware’s Poet Laureate and Alice Elliott Dark, short story author and novelist.

Click here for information and links to application forms. Deadline to apply is Monday, June 2, 2014.

Call for Nominations for the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts. Awardess will be recognized at an evening event on Monday, October 6, 2014, in Wilmington.

Since 1970, The Governor’s Awards for the Arts have paid tribute to distinguished individuals and organizations that have had a profound and lasting impact on the state’s artistic and cultural life. Nominees should be individuals with legal residence in Delaware or an organization or business based in Delaware.

Click here for more detailed information on how to nominate an individual or organization. The deadline for receiving nomination packets is Friday, June 20, 2014.

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This week's interview with James Wilson and Heather Schwartzentruber from the Delaware Choral Society.

These podcasts (see archives) are provided as a service through a partnership between the Division of the Arts and NEWS·TALK 1450 WILM and 1410 WDOV.