Literature inspires, enriches, educates, and entertains. It 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 literature as an essential reflection of our nation's rich diversity of voices.

Literature Fact Sheet | NEA & Literature Infographic


Literature Director

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


Mohamed Sheriff
Division Coordinator,
Jessica Flynn
Literature Specialist,
Katy Day
Assistant Grants Management Specialist,
Lauren Miller
Program Manager,


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 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...
The 2018 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...

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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