Poets & Writers Approved for Art Works Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

New York, NY – June 20, 2017 – Poets & Writers, Inc. is pleased to announce that the organization has been approved for an Art Works award of $75,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will support the publication of six issues of Poets & Writers Magazine, the development of new content and resources on pw.org, and improvements to the online Directory of Poets and Writers, which currently lists over 10,000 authors. Poets & Writers’ Executive Director Elliot Figman stated “NEA funding is critical to our ability to serve creative writers. With this award, we will help writers to connect with one another, publish and promote their work, and advance their careers.” 

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Poets & Writers is proud to be among those selected for support. 

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as Poets & Writers in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov.


Founded in 1970, Poets & Writers is the nation’s largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Our work is rooted in the belief that literature is vital to sustaining a vibrant culture. We focus on nurturing literature’s source: creative writers. Our mission is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public. 

We accomplish this through Poets & Writers Magazine, an award-winning bimonthly publication; pw.org, a website that provides trustworthy advice, information, and a lively online community for writers; the Readings & Workshops program, which pays writers fees for giving readings and leading workshops throughout New York and California, as well as in eight cities outside these states; Poets & Writers Live, events designed to bring writers together to strengthen their communities; and awards for writers including the $60,000 Jackson Poetry Prize, the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, and the Amy Award. Learn more at pw.org.