As Writers and Poets Struggle, an Emergency Fund Offers Relief to Literary Arts Groups — Inside Philanthropy

Writers just received a much-needed boost from the Academy of American Poets, which announced the 282 nonprofit literary arts organizations that will receive funding as part of its $3.5 million Literary Arts Emergency Fund. The academy launched the fund in tandem with the Community of Literary Magazine and Presses and the National Book Foundation, in response to what it calls the “lack of institutional support for the nonprofit organizations and publishers that sustain literary culture in the U.S.”

The fund was made possible by a grant from a very familiar name in funding for the humanities—the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “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 and poet Elizabeth Alexander.