“In 1999 I got an NEA at a low time: no publisher for my first book, no full-time job teaching, though teaching was a vocation I felt strongly. The NEA convinced the school at which I was a visiting instructor to hire me for a tenure-track position: The NEA conferred honor and validation. It also gave me confidence to keep writing. The NEA also has added its support, for years, to my publisher, Copper Canyon Press: Countless books of poetry are in the world because of the work of the NEA.”

Dana Levin

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