Poets & Writers Awarded California Arts Council Grant

State funds nurture collaborative service organizations and networks that advance California arts and artists

Los Angeles, CA – June 20, 2017 – Poets & Writers, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been selected to receive an award of $24,000 from the California Arts Council as part of its Statewide and Regional Networks program.

“We are delighted to receive this support and vote of confidence from the California Arts Council,” said Jamie FitzGerald, Director of Poets & Writers’ California office. “Poets & Writers has nurtured writers throughout California since 1990, and this funding from CAC is crucial to our ability to continue to serve writers across the state."

With the CAC’s support, Poets & Writers will host roundtable meetings and retreats for writers in several California cities, provide technical support to writers and literary presenters, and facilitate communication throughout the state’s literary community. 

The Statewide and Regional Networks program supports arts service organizations that provide specialized, practical services to working artists, constituent organizations, and cultural community. Collectively, these networks help to activate California Arts Council constituents, the arts community, stakeholders, and the public.

“Our Statewide and Regional Networks grantees are just that—a network,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council. “An invaluable network. These are nerve centers of arts and culture that are crucial to growing and sustaining California’s artistic landscape. We’re proud to support the work of Poets & Writers.”

Poets & Writers is one of 33 grantees chosen for this competitive program. The news of Poets & Writers’ grant was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be found online here.


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.


The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at arts.ca.gov.