Arts Organizations Establish ‘Literary Arts Emergency Fund’

The Mellon Foundation, along with the Academy of American Poets, the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses and the National Book Foundation, have joined forces to administer $3.5 million to literary organizations struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Writers create humanity’s vast and intricate record — they are the chroniclers of our joys and fears, our varied inner lives, our humor, anguish, and determination,” said Foundation president Elizabeth Alexander.


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