Poets & Writers Receives $50,000 Grant from the Literary Arts Emergency Fund

New York, NY—April 20, 2022—Poets & Writers has been awarded a grant of $50,000 from the Literary Arts Emergency Fund.

The fund—made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation—is administered by the Academy of American Poets, the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), and the National Book Foundation.

“This crucial support will help Poets & Writers maintain and expand essential services that creative writers nationwide rely on us to provide,” said Melissa Ford Gradel, executive director of Poets & Writers. “The literary arts are chronically underfunded even in the best of times, so we applaud the Mellon Foundation for this much-needed investment in the field, and applaud our colleagues at the Academy, CLMP, and the National Book Foundation for leading this effort.”

This year the Literary Arts Emergency Fund will distribute $4,300,000 to 313 nonprofit literary arts organizations and publishers that were financially impacted by the pandemic. The full list of grantees is available here.


Poets & Writers is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers throughout the United States. 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 publish Poets & Writers Magazine, offer mini-grants to hundreds of creative writers each year, and sponsor the Jackson Poetry Prize and Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. Our website, pw.org, offers extensive free resources to help writers navigate the literary marketplace and a lively online community. We are guided by our core values of service, inclusivity, integrity, and excellence and are committed to becoming an antiracist organization. Learn more at pw.org.