New study finds fiction reading down, poetry up

September 12, 2018 - 6:45 am

NEW YORK (AP) — A new government study finds adult Americans are reading fewer novels and short stories, but showed a big jump in poetry and increases in attendance at arts festivals, concerts and plays.

The National Endowment for the Arts published its report Wednesday. According to the NEA, the percentage of adults reading fiction dropped from 45.2 percent in 2012 to 41.8 percent last year. Meanwhile, poetry reading surged from 6.7 percent to 11.7 percent.

"U.S. Trends in Arts Attendance and Literary Reading: 2002-2017" also showed a reverse of yearslong declines in going to performing arts events, whether jazz concerts, stage musicals, or dance and ballet. But attendance levels in most categories remain below those from 2002.