American Writers Museum

American Writers Museum American Writers Museum's mission is to engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives..
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http://www.americanwritersmuseum.org/ There are more than 17,500 museums in the United States. Among these are museums that focus on art, history, sports, pop culture, science, technology, race and ethnicity. Although there are many wonderful small museums that commemorate the lives of individual writers, almost unbelievably, there is not a single museum dedicated to the history of American literature and to American writers. Today, the American Writers Museum Foundation is addressing this profound omission through its commitment to establishing The American Writers Museum™

http://www.americanwritersmuseum.org/ There are more than 17,500 museums in the United States. Among these are museums that focus on art, history, sports, pop culture, science, technology, race and ethnicity. Although there are many wonderful small museums that commemorate the lives of individual writers, almost unbelievably, there is not a single museum dedicated to the history of American literature and to American writers. Today, the American Writers Museum Foundation is addressing this profound omission through its commitment to establishing The American Writers Museum™

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"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." —Malcolm XThank you t...
05/09/2021

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." —Malcolm X

Thank you teachers for helping us prepare for the future. ❤️

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #ThankYouTeachers

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." —Malcolm X

Thank you teachers for helping us prepare for the future. ❤️

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #ThankYouTeachers

"The great teacher is not the man who supplies the most facts, but the one in whose presence we become different people....
05/08/2021

"The great teacher is not the man who supplies the most facts, but the one in whose presence we become different people." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #ThankYouTeachers

"The great teacher is not the man who supplies the most facts, but the one in whose presence we become different people." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #ThankYouTeachers

"Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me." —Fred RogersWe couldn't agree with Mr. Rogers mo...
05/07/2021

"Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me." —Fred Rogers

We couldn't agree with Mr. Rogers more. Teachers, thank you for being our heroes.

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #ThankYouTeachers

"Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me." —Fred Rogers

We couldn't agree with Mr. Rogers more. Teachers, thank you for being our heroes.

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #ThankYouTeachers

Here's what the AWM Staff is reading this weekend! What's on your list?Here's our list:"Behind Her Eyes" by Sarah Pinbor...
05/07/2021
Reading Recommendations: May 2021

Here's what the AWM Staff is reading this weekend! What's on your list?

Here's our list:

"Behind Her Eyes" by Sarah Pinborough

"Cryptonomicon" by Neal Stephenson

"Coming to That" by Dorothea Tanning

"East of Eden" by John Steinbeck, Author

"Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng

"Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes

"Geography III" by Elizabeth Bishop

Various Poetry by Emily Dickinson and e.e. cummings

"Taught By Women: Poems as Resistance Language" by Haki Madhubuti

"What She Knew" by Gilly Macmillan

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/awm-staff-picks-may/

Reading recommendations from the staff at the American Writers Museum. Find out what we've been reading and see if any of your favorites are on the list!

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share ...
05/06/2021

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." —Rachel Carson

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #ThankYouTeachers

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." —Rachel Carson

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #ThankYouTeachers

"Once you learn to read you will be forever free." —Frederick DouglassThank you to all the teachers out there, especiall...
05/05/2021

"Once you learn to read you will be forever free." —Frederick Douglass

Thank you to all the teachers out there, especially those that taught us how to read!

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #ThankYouTeachers

"Once you learn to read you will be forever free." —Frederick Douglass

Thank you to all the teachers out there, especially those that taught us how to read!

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #ThankYouTeachers

"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great ar...
05/04/2021

"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit." —John Steinbeck

THANK YOU TEACHERS! #TeacherAppreciationWeek

"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit." —John Steinbeck

THANK YOU TEACHERS! #TeacherAppreciationWeek

TONIGHT!Join us and the Waukegan Public Library for a fun and enlightening discussion about Ray Bradbury's hometown and ...
05/03/2021
Bradbury & Waukegan: The Influence of Home

TONIGHT!

Join us and the Waukegan Public Library for a fun and enlightening discussion about Ray Bradbury's hometown and how it influenced his writing.

The fun starts at 5:30 Central, register here!

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/program-calendar/ray-bradbury-discussion-with-the-waukegan-public-library/

A discussion of the ways in which Bradbury’s hometown influenced his work, including the legendary Fahrenheit 451. Presented by the Waukegan Public Library in partnership with the American Writers Museum.

"Teachers are to inspire; librarians are to fulfill." —Ray BradburyIt's Teacher Appreciation Week! We see you teachers, ...
05/03/2021

"Teachers are to inspire; librarians are to fulfill." —Ray Bradbury

It's Teacher Appreciation Week! We see you teachers, and we are so so grateful for you.

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #TeacherAppreciationWeek2021 #ThankYouTeachers

"Teachers are to inspire; librarians are to fulfill." —Ray Bradbury

It's Teacher Appreciation Week! We see you teachers, and we are so so grateful for you.

#TeacherAppreciationWeek #TeacherAppreciationWeek2021 #ThankYouTeachers

This week on the AWM Author Talks podcasts we revisit a program from July 2019 with R. O. Kwon. Fun fact: due to travel ...
05/03/2021
Ep. 47: R. O. Kwon | AWM Author Talks Podcast

This week on the AWM Author Talks podcasts we revisit a program from July 2019 with R. O. Kwon. Fun fact: due to travel problems we hosted this program via Zoom, making it our first virtual event. Little did we know how much would change just months later...

Listen at the link below or wherever you listen to podcasts!

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/podcast/episode-47-r-o-kwon/

On this episode of AWM Author Talks, we chat with R. O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries, to honor Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

It's #TeacherAppreciationWeek! We put some quotes together about the importance of teachers and learning. Check it out b...
05/03/2021
Teacher Appreciation Quotes | The American Writers Museum

It's #TeacherAppreciationWeek! We put some quotes together about the importance of teachers and learning. Check it out below and then go tell all the teachers you know that you appreciate them!

#TeacherAppreciationWeek2021

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/teacher-appreciation-quotes/

To all the teachers, librarians, professors, and parents-turned-homeschoolers: we see you and we thank you. Teaching is not easy, and virtual teaching is even harder. And you may sometimes feel overlooked or underappreciated, but you’re not to us. You’re everything to us. So thank you, and keep ...

Happy Sunday! A perfect day to flip to the back of the paper and read some comic strips. Or do the same thing scrolling ...
05/02/2021
Many Writers, Many Forms: Comic Strips

Happy Sunday! A perfect day to flip to the back of the paper and read some comic strips. Or do the same thing scrolling through Instagram...

Check out our recent blog and learn more about the evolution of the comic strip, as well as some of our favorites.
https://americanwritersmuseum.org/many-writers-many-forms-comic-strips/

American writing comes in many forms and we celebrate them all! Learn more about the history of comic strip writing on our blog.

"Writing is simply something you must do. It's rather like virtue in that it is its own reward."Happy birthday to Harper...
04/28/2021

"Writing is simply something you must do. It's rather like virtue in that it is its own reward."

Happy birthday to Harper Lee! The author of the iconic novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" was born on this day in 1926. We couldn't agree more, writing is its own virtue indeed.

"Writing is simply something you must do. It's rather like virtue in that it is its own reward."

Happy birthday to Harper Lee! The author of the iconic novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" was born on this day in 1926. We couldn't agree more, writing is its own virtue indeed.

POW! BAM! It's National Superhero Day!Behind every mask and cape there's a talented writer with their trusty typewriter ...
04/28/2021
Typewriter Tuesday: Jerry Siegel | The American Writers Museum

POW! BAM! It's National Superhero Day!

Behind every mask and cape there's a talented writer with their trusty typewriter sidekick. Check out one of our favorite super duos: Jerry Siegel and his 1939 Royal Portable Quiet DeLuxe, where Superman started.

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/typewriter-tuesday-jerry-siegel/

Jerry Siegel's typwriter is on display at the American Writers Museum in Chicago. Learn more about Siegel's fight for credit for the creation of Superman.

New episode of Nation of Writers is out now! In it, we chat about Maya Angelou with Nikki Giovanni Author and Glory Edim...
04/28/2021
Ep. 7: Maya Angelou | Nation of Writers

New episode of Nation of Writers is out now! In it, we chat about Maya Angelou with Nikki Giovanni Author and Glory Edim of Well-Read Black Girl. Come for the talk about writing, but stay for the stories about cooking, eating, and hanging out with Maya Angelou...you won't be disappointed!

Listen at the link here or find Nation of Writers wherever you listen to podcasts!
https://americanwritersmuseum.org/podcast/episode-7-maya-angelou/

We chat with writers Nikki Giovanni and Glory Edim about the remarkable work, life, and enduring legacy of Maya Angelou on Nation of Writers.

Happy birthday to August Wilson! The acclaimed playwright of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Fences," "The Piano Lesson," a...
04/27/2021

Happy birthday to August Wilson! The acclaimed playwright of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Fences," "The Piano Lesson," and more was born on this day in 1945.

Just before his death, Wilson completed the last installment of his ten-play cycle chronicling the African-American experience in the 20th century. The plays all celebrate, in Wilson's words, the "richness and fullness" of African-American culture and "its ability to sustain us...through profound moments of our history. Wilson, hailed as "theaters poet of Black America" by the New York Times, won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for "Fences" (1983), and another Pulitzer for "The Piano Lesson" (1987).

Full quote: "We can make a difference. Artists, playwrights, actors—we can be the spearhead of a movement to reignite and reunite our people’s positive energy for a political and social change that is reflective of our spiritual truths rather than economic fallacies. Our talents, our truths, our belief in ourselves is all in our hands. What we make of it will emerge from the self as a baptismal spray that names and defines. What we do now becomes history by which our grandchildren will judge us." —August Wilson (1996)

Happy birthday to August Wilson! The acclaimed playwright of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Fences," "The Piano Lesson," and more was born on this day in 1945.

Just before his death, Wilson completed the last installment of his ten-play cycle chronicling the African-American experience in the 20th century. The plays all celebrate, in Wilson's words, the "richness and fullness" of African-American culture and "its ability to sustain us...through profound moments of our history. Wilson, hailed as "theaters poet of Black America" by the New York Times, won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for "Fences" (1983), and another Pulitzer for "The Piano Lesson" (1987).

Full quote: "We can make a difference. Artists, playwrights, actors—we can be the spearhead of a movement to reignite and reunite our people’s positive energy for a political and social change that is reflective of our spiritual truths rather than economic fallacies. Our talents, our truths, our belief in ourselves is all in our hands. What we make of it will emerge from the self as a baptismal spray that names and defines. What we do now becomes history by which our grandchildren will judge us." —August Wilson (1996)

From Dr. Sam Weller, learn how the 1919 influenza pandemic--and losing family to it--impacted Ray Bradbury's life and wr...
04/26/2021
Ray Bradbury and the Last Global Pandemic - Los Angeles Review of Books

From Dr. Sam Weller, learn how the 1919 influenza pandemic--and losing family to it--impacted Ray Bradbury's life and writing.

And join us tomorrow for a virtual program with Dr. Weller too! Hear even more about Bradbury from his authorized biographer. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/WellerAWM

https://dev.lareviewofbooks.org/article/ray-bradbury-and-the-last-global-pandemic/

Ray Bradbury never forgot the tragedy of the 1918 pandemic.

This week on the AWM Author Talks we celebrate National Poetry Month with Rigoberto González and Johanny Vázquez Paz! Th...
04/26/2021
Ep 46: Rigoberto González & Johanny Vázquez Paz | AWM Author Talks

This week on the AWM Author Talks we celebrate National Poetry Month with Rigoberto González and Johanny Vázquez Paz! The acclaimed poets read their work and share insights into their process, influences, the power of writing, and finding home in poetry.

Listen here or wherever you listen to podcasts!

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/podcast/episode-46-rigoberto-gonzalez-and-johanny-vazquez-paz/

Award-winning poets Rigoberto González and Johanny Vázquez Paz discuss process, the power of writing, and finding home in poetry.

Happy #WorldBookDay!We have some great reading lists on our page at Bookshop.org. Including staff favorites, program-rel...
04/23/2021
American Writers Museum Bookshop

Happy #WorldBookDay!

We have some great reading lists on our page at Bookshop.org. Including staff favorites, program-related books, and books on social and racial justice, you're sure to find your next great read here.

What are you reading these days?

https://bookshop.org/shop/americanwritersmuseum

THE MISSION OF THE AMERICAN WRITERS MUSEUM IS TO ENGAGE THE PUBLIC IN CELEBRATING AMERICAN WRITERS AND EXPLORING THEIR INFLUENCE ON OUR HISTORY, OUR IDENTITY, OUR CULTURE, AND OUR DAILY LIVES.The American Writers Museum strives to:Educate the public about American writers – past and presentEngage ...

Happy birthday to Vladimir Nabokov! The Russian-American writing icon was born on this day in 1899.To celebrate, check o...
04/22/2021
Contributing writers discuss the new essay anthology "Lo**ta in the Afterlife."

Happy birthday to Vladimir Nabokov! The Russian-American writing icon was born on this day in 1899.

To celebrate, check out our program from last month in which writers discuss the legacy of Nabokov and his indelible novel "Lo**ta."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77-OYj9tnUE

American Writers Museum presents a conversation with contributing writers to the new essay anthology "Lo**ta in the Afterlife: On Beauty, Risk, and Reckoning...

Happy Earth Day everyone!Shout out to all the nature writers out there who use their words to not only appreciate and ad...
04/22/2021
Dear Nature, We Love You | The American Writers Museum

Happy Earth Day everyone!

Shout out to all the nature writers out there who use their words to not only appreciate and admire nature, but to try to save it as well. Here are some writers we love who do just that!

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/dear-nature-we-love-you/

Happy Earth Day! Every year, April 22 is a day to appreciate and preserve the beauty of our world, which has not only supported life as we know it, but has also stirred our imaginations and inspired many writers throughout history. As astronomer and author Carl Sagan put it, in his book Pale Blue Do...

"The clearest way into the Universe, is through a forest wilderness." —John MuirHappy birthday to #JohnMuir, born on thi...
04/21/2021
American Voices: John Muir

"The clearest way into the Universe, is through a forest wilderness." —John Muir

Happy birthday to #JohnMuir, born on this day in 1838. Learn more about the iconic nature writer and conservationist and his complicated legacy on our blog.
https://americanwritersmuseum.org/american-voices-john-muir/

Learn more about nature writer and conservationist John Muir, often considered the "Father of the National Parks."

Today on the Dead Writer Drama podcast we chat with biographer and writer Amanda Vaill about the tumultuous relationship...
04/21/2021
Ep 3: Ernest Hemingway & F. Scott Fitzgerald | Dead Writer Drama

Today on the Dead Writer Drama podcast we chat with biographer and writer Amanda Vaill about the tumultuous relationship between Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. You may think you know a lot about this iconic feud already, but what you don't know might surprise you...

Give it a listen at the link below or wherever you do your podcast listening!

https://americanwritersmuseum.org/podcast/episode-3-ernest-hemingway-f-scott-fitzgerald/

We discuss the tumultuous relationship between Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald with writer and biographer Amanda Vaill.

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