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Funding for Events

Since its inception in 1970, Poets & Writers has provided fees to writers who give readings or conduct writing workshops. Each year, our Readings & Workshops program supports hundreds of writers participating in events in large cities and small towns throughout New York and California, as well as in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Seattle, New Orleans, Tucson, and Washington D.C.

Here is a sample of some of the writers and events we funded this year.

A documentary look at a writing workshop for seniors, which Poets & Writers has funded for ten years. The workshop takes place at the Goddard Riverside Community Center in New York City and some of the writers have participated continuously since 2001.

Each year, through its Readings & Workshops Program, Poets & Writers supports hundreds of writers participating in literary events. If you're interested in attending any of the readings or workshops listed in the calendar, please be sure to get in touch with the contact person to confirm time and place.

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Each year, Poets & Writers holds an Intergenerational Reading, "Connecting Generations," where seniors and teens from P&W-supported writing workshops in New York City come together to read their work. In June 2009, P&W held our 8th Annual Intergenerational Reading at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore near Lincoln Center.

View Videos From the 2009 Intergenerational Reading

Supporters

The Readings & Workshops program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Major support for Readings & Workshops in California is provided by The James Irvine Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the Louis & Anne Abrons Foundation, the Axe-Houghton Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, the Abbey K. Starr Charitable Trust, and Friends of Poets & Writers.

To apply for funds to support your event, download our application.

Reports From Our Sponsored Writers and Presenters

    Mary McMillan lives and works in Lake County, California. She has been facilitating the Writers Circle, a monthly free public writing workshop sponsored by the Lake County Arts Council and supported by Poets & Writers, for more than five years. She worked as a journalist for several years, and has written novels and creative nonfiction. In 2010, she was selected as Lake County’s Poet Laureate and published This Wanting, a poetry chapbook, as well as the textbook Get Inside Your Relationships, related to her work as a marriage and family therapist.

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If you're a writer or an organization interested in learning more about the Readings & Workshops program, please check out our FAQ.

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Learn how to host a successful reading or event, step by step, by downloading our helpful Poets & Writers Guide to Presenting Readings and Workshops.

Download the Guide

Poets & Writers is committed to making literature available to the widest possible public, including audiences that rarely have access to literary events. Learn more about the special projects we support that bring readings and workshops to prisons, clinics, homeless shelters, settlement homes, and more.

Read Writing by Participants

Support from P&W enabled me to travel  to New Orleans with other writers from Flying House in Chicago to perform at the Rook Cafe.  I connected with new writers in this culturally rich city and made lasting personal and professional relationships.  This expansion of my intimate writing community is essential to my well-being as an emeging and struggling writer.

Diana Khoi Nguyen, Poet.

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<p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 13.800000190734863px;">Natalie Diaz reads at Split This Rock’s 2014 Poetry Festival in Washington, D.C. on March 27, 2014.</span></p>
Credit: Kristin Adair

Natalie Diaz reads at Split This Rock’s 2014 Poetry Festival in Washington, D.C. on March 27, 2014.

<p><span style="font-size: 9pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Eduardo C. Corral reads at Split This Rock’s 2014 Poetry Festival in Washington, D.C. on March 27, 2014.</span></p>
Credit: Kristin Adair

Eduardo C. Corral reads at Split This Rock’s 2014 Poetry Festival in Washington, D.C. on March 27, 2014.

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 9pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><o:p>&nbsp;Wang Ping&nbsp;</o:p></span><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; line-height: 115%;">reads at Split This Rock’s 2014 Poetry Festival in Washington, D.C. on March 27, 2014.</span></p>
Credit: Kristin Adair

 Wang Ping reads at Split This Rock’s 2014 Poetry Festival in Washington, D.C. on March 27, 2014.

<p><span style="font-size: 9pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Danez Smith reads at Split This Rock’s 2014 Poetry Festival in Washington, D.C. on March 27, 2014.</span></p>
Credit: Kristin Adair

Danez Smith reads at Split This Rock’s 2014 Poetry Festival in Washington, D.C. on March 27, 2014.