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),

Recent Grants

Medal of Arts

An online grant search is available to find information on NEA grants from 2000 to the present.


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Poet and NEA Big Read Author


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.


This report presents findings from an evaluation of Poetry Out Loud, a national arts education program supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and state and...
This report uses data from the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts to characterize and compare adults who read books in print only, who read books electronically, and...

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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