Poets & Writers Receives $2 Million Donation to Support Prize for Poets

New York, NY-- Poets & Writers has received the largest donation in its 38-year history. The Liana Foundation (established by the John and Susan Jackson Family) will donate $2 million to endow The Jackson Poetry Prize. The annual $50,000 prize, which was initiated in 2007, honors an American poet of exceptional talent who has published at least one book of recognized literary merit but has not yet received major national acclaim. The award is designed to provide what all poets need– time and the encouragement to write.

“Receiving this generous gift during such a challenging time reminds us of the importance of literature,” said Elliot Figman, Executive Director of Poets & Writers.

Since its founding in 1970, the mission of Poets & Writers has been to foster the professional development of creative writers, to promote communication throughout the U.S. literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public. Poets & Writers accomplishes this by publishing /Poets & Writers Magazine/, producing Poets & Writers Online, offering publishing information and an online Directory of Writers, introducing emerging writers outside of New York to the New York City literary community, and supporting writers participating in public literary events through the Readings/Workshops program.