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.