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DAVID TOMAS MARTINEZ ON SARABANDE + NEA

"As one who considers poetry the tending of the English language, The Guarding against aggressions,...the NEA has been an invaluable part of my existence." —David Tomas Martinez

For more than twenty years Sarabande has received generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of our publishing and educational programming. Each year, a handful of our titles receive special, earmarked funding from the NEA. In 2018, Post Traumatic Hood Disorder, will be one of those titles. Here's author David Tomas Martinez on publishing with Sarabande: 

“Culture stems from the Latin, colere, meaning to tend, guard, cultivate. In other words, culture is in a figurative sense the cultivation through education. The NEA is essential to the production of American culture, funding artists and communities around the country. As a poet, and as one who considers poetry the tending of the English language, the guarding against aggressions, the cultivating of truth from the babble all in song, the NEA has been an invaluable part of my existence, not only as a 2017 literature fellowship recipient, but also as a writer from an independent press, Sarabande, with a book supported by the NEA. Almost every institution I have read for, or taught at, and the list is long, is dependent on NEA grants. How many attacks on the Republic will be too many? How many attacks on people’s freedoms by the Republic will we yoke? When will the Republic remember that it is comprised of and for the people?”

Learn more about Sarabande's partnership with the NEA and how you can help #SavetheNEA on our website.