Rochester, N.Y. — National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $30,000 to BOA Editions, Ltd. to support the publication and promotion of seven books of contemporary poetry in 2019. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,605 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 972 grants in this category.
“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
“With this crucial NEA support, BOA can continue to publish and promote the work of the finest poets and writers in America. Our nation’s vibrancy depends on the strength of its arts, and thousands of artists and arts organizations depend on the NEA. Thanks to the NEA for supporting BOA, and thanks to all Americans who advocate for ongoing funding for the National Endowment for the Arts,” said BOA Publisher Peter Conners.
BOA Editions will use this grant to support the publication and promotion of seven new books of contemporary poetry. Planned books include print and electronic editions of The Tiny Journalist by Naomi Shihab Nye, All Its Charms by Keetje Kuipers, Night Angler by Geffrey Davis, The Human Half by Deborah Brown, Cyborg Detective by Jillian Weise, Tracing the Horse by Diana Marie Delgado, and On the Shores of Welcome Home by Bruce Weigl. Books will be promoted to a wide and diverse audience through readings and other literary events across the country, print and online advertising, and social media outreach.
The National Endowment for the Arts will also award Creative Writing Fellowships to BOA authors Chen Chen, Geffrey Davis, and Hugh Martin.
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
BOA Editions, Ltd. is a nationally acclaimed not-for-profit independent publisher of contemporary poetry and literary fiction. Founded in 1976 by A. Poulin, Jr. to provide a publishing venue for both new and established poets, BOA has released more than 300 titles, including more than two dozen books of poetry-in-translation. Many BOA titles and authors have been recognized with literary awards, including the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. For more information about BOA Editions, visit boaeditions.org/about.