Literary Arts

Literary Arts

Literary Arts inspire, enrich, educate, and entertain. They reminds us that there is beauty and joy in language, that others have insights worth paying attention to, that in our struggles we are not alone. By helping writers and translators create new work and connect with audiences through publishers and other literary organizations and programs, the National Endowment for the Arts celebrates the literary arts as an essential reflection of our nation's rich diversity of voices.

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Literary Arts Director

Amy Stolls
Amy Stolls is the Director of Literary Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts. She oversees a portfolio that...


Mohamed Sheriff
Division Coordinator,
Jessica Flynn
Literary Arts Specialist,
Katy Day
Literary Arts Specialist,
Lauren Miller
Program Manager,
David Travis
Assistant Grants Management Specialist (Literary Arts),


NEA Literature Fellowships represent the National Endowment for the Arts' most direct investment in American creativity. The goal of the fellowships program is to encourage the production of new work and allow writers the time and means to write.


The 2019 NEA Guide provides details on the programs and activities that the NEA supports, as well as funding deadlines for our various grants. Included is information on Grants for...
This booklet provides national statistics on visual and performing arts attendance and literary reading rates using the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts and comparing the results with...

National Initiatives

NEA Big Read
Discover new books, start a conversation, apply for a grant to fund a reading program in your community.

Poetry Out Loud
Witness millions of high school students embrace and recite poetry, and compete in state and national championships.

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