National Endowment for the Arts' Director of Literature to Depart Agency

Ira Silverberg returns to New York City

Washington, DC -- The National Endowment for the Arts announces today that Ira Silverberg, director of literature programs, will leave the agency and return to New York City. Silverberg's departure is effective July 11, 2013. Amy Stolls, literature program officer, will be the acting director of literature until a new director is in place. Silverberg joined the NEA in October 2011.

In a statement, Silverberg said, "My time here has been nothing but extraordinary. Having had a chance to see, first hand, the various transitions our field is going through -- podcasts, e-books, changes in the retail landscape -- has been humbling. Helping to guide our field through those transitions has been empowering and has provided me with an education I could find nowhere else. Briefly, the demands of family are such that I must return to New York. This is a bittersweet time for me as I have truly loved the work I do here -- and have been aided by a stellar staff."

NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa noted, "Ira brought a wealth and variety of expertise that were of great value to the literature office and to the agency. The NEA benefitted his experience and connections to both the national and international literary communities. He was instrumental in expanding the NEA's Big Read program to include three new titles and in maintaining the quality of the literature panel process. We wish him well in his next chapter."


Victoria Hutter