Poets & Writers Receives Grant from the Amazon Literary Partnership

New York, NY—June 20, 2019—Poets & Writers, Inc. is pleased to announce that the organization has been awarded a grant from the Amazon Literary Partnership. The $20,000 grant will provide support to United States of Writing, an initiative launched earlier this year to expand Poets & Writers’ core programming to better serve writers coast to coast, especially writers of color and others from historically marginalized groups. Together with a grant from the Hearst Foundations announced earlier this year, funding from the Amazon Literary Partnership will enable Poets & Writers to pilot United States of Writing in Detroit, Houston, and New Orleans, with plans to expand to additional cities in future years.

“With our 50th Anniversary on the horizon in 2020, we are committed to empowering creative writers and strengthening literary communities in every corner of the United States,” said Elliot Figman, Poets & Writers executive director. “We are grateful to the Amazon Literary Partnership for supporting this bold vision.”

Neal Thompson, director of the Amazon Literary Partnership and author of five books, said, “We’re delighted to be able to once again—for the fifth year in a row—support Poets & Writers, whose programs benefit so many writers all over the country.” The grant to Poets & Writers was one of 66 grants to literary organizations recently announced by Amazon. For the full list of awardees, read the post on Amazon’s Day One blog by Mr. Thompson.

For more information about Poets & Writer’s expanded work in Detroit, Houston, and New Orleans, visit pw.org/content/about_readings_workshops.


Poets & Writers has been the primary source of trustworthy information, professional guidance, support, and inspiration for writers for nearly fifty years. 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.  Learn more at pw.org.