The Man Who Saved the NEA

Businessman-poet Dana Gioia has steered the once-moribund arts agency in mostly mainstream directionsand it's thriving

Soon after Dana Gioia took over as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts three and a half years ago, he began a project that would encourage U.S. troops and their families to write about their wartime experiences. The idea was to try to capture, in a world of instant messages and phone calls, some permanent record of their lives.

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