The first time I applied for a literary grant was an accident. That morning in 1992, Lewis Warsh, a New York school poet, said he was going to the post office to mail the NEA application.
“What’s that?” I asked. He was amazed I’d never heard of it. “Come on, Lewis,” I laughed. “I’m new in America, and new to the poetry world.”
Lewis explained that NEA stood for National Endowment for the Arts, that every year it gave $20,000 to artists, musicians, poets and writers.
“That’s a humongous amount of money. What do you do with it?”
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Wang Ping was born in China and came to U.S. in 1986. Her publications include “The Magic Whip” (poetry, 2003), “The Last Communist Virgin”
(stories, 2007) and “All Roads to Joy: Memories Along the Yangtze”
(forthcoming 2012), all from Coffee House Press. She is the founder and director of the Kinship of Rivers Project.