The Art Of Words

Art is the path of the creator to his work.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Prize-winning writers, poets, and playwrights document and enhance the American experience through their words. The National Park Service preserves the work and world of great writers who define our culture. Explore the places and stories that inspired their most-notable works.

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Kids Activities

Be a storyteller and share your own tales through these fun activities!

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Visit a Park

Learn about writers and poets who have significant connections to America's national parks.

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Find Stories

Through America’s history, writers and poets have found beauty and inspiration in nature.

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Keep up with news about literature and poetry in our parks and with our programs and partners.

Last updated: October 20, 2020