Poets & Writers to Receive $65,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

New York, NY—June 14, 2018—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $65,000 to Poets & Writers. The grant will support the publication of Poets & Writers Magazine, the premier publication for creative writers in the United States, and the development of new content and resources on pw.org, including the digitization of select articles from the magazine’s extensive back catalogue, which dates back more than thirty years. 

The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts. “The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Poets & Writers, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.” “Support from the NEA is critical to our ability to serve creative writers. With this award, we will help writers around the country to advance their careers and connect with one another,” stated Elliot Figman, Executive Director of Poets & Writers.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.


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.