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Fake News, Real Stories

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Literary fiction in 2017 expounded on the gritty realities that the Trump Administration obscures. Socially relevant fiction this year resonated with readers hungry for truth.

Writers Watch Uneasy Advance of Tax Reform Bills

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The House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are considering tax reform bills that, if passed, could affect writers and literary nonprofits across the country.

Inside DC’s Literary Loop

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Among the homegrown events regularly packing the literary-minded into bars in Washington’s hippest neighborhoods is The Inner Loop, a reading series created by local residents Rachel Coonce and Courtney Sexton.

Trump Appoints Former Lit Mag Editor to Top Post

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President Trump appointed Jon Parrish Peede as the acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Peede’s appointment comes at a time of heightened tension between the arts community and the Trump administration.

Washington Small Presses Make Their Mark

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While New York remains the center of gravity in the publishing world, a new breed of independent presses in the nation’s capital are set to pull some of that force down south.

A Shining City on a Very Strange Hill

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The idea that there is something unique, something exceptional about America, dates back to de Tocqueville and has firmly taken root in the nation’s literary and political imagination.

Washington, real and imagined 

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So much of the political news from the nation’s capital seems, these days, stranger than fiction.

The Writer Tax

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A new tax reform blueprint offers some sense of where the Administration wants to take tax policy—and what it means for writers.

Beyond Trump’s Wall: Immigrant Literature in Washington, D.C.

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Today, one in seven Washingtonians are immigrants, which has shaped literary trends and artistic output.

Threatened with budget cuts, literary programs fight on

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Organizations engaged in the day-to-day work of running NEA-funded literary programs are continuing to serve their communities while facing potential budget cuts.