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  • B i e n n i a l R e p o R t

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    3 Introduction

    4 40thAnniversaryCampaign

    6 Poets & Writers Magazine

    9 Pw.org

    10 InformationServices

    11 Readings/Workshops

    23 CaliforniaOffice

    24AwardsforWriters

    28 IntheField

    30FriendsofPoets&Writers

    32 InstitutionalDonors

    34BoardofDirectors

    35 Poets&WritersStaff

    36TreasurersReport

    38R/WWritersSupported

    47R/WSponsors

    Foundedin1970,Poets&Writersbelieveswritersmakeindispensablecon-

    tributionstoournationalculture.Theorganizationsmissionistofosterthe

    professionaldevelopmentofpoetsandwriters,topromotecommunication

    throughouttheliterarycommunity,andtohelpcreateanenvironmentinwhich

    literaturecanbeappreciatedbythewidestpossiblepublic.

  • In2010,POeTS&WRITeRSCeleBRATeDfourdecadesofservicetocreativewriters.Foundedin1970byGalenWilliamswiththesupportofthenewYorkStateCouncilontheArts,theorganizationsfirstinitiativewasaprogramnowcalledReadings/Workshops,whichpaidfeestowritersforleadingworkshopsandgivingreadings.

    Ontheoccasionofour40thAnniversary,theBoardofDirectorswantedtohonorGalenforhervisionandtenacity.Shenurturedandsupportedscoresofwritersandbegansuchsmart,singularprogramsthattheycontinuetothrivetoday.Oursignaturepro-grams,includingReadings/Workshops,theDirectory of American Poets and Writers,andPoets & Writers Magazine (whichbeganasanewsletter,calledCoda),areallGalensbrainchildren.newerinitiatives,notablyawebsiterichwithuniqueresources,services,anddatabases,areextensionsofthem,madepossiblebynewtechnology.InrecentyearsPoets&Writershasinstitutedaseriesofawardstorecognizeoutstandingwritersatvariousstagesoftheircareers.AllofthesespringfromtheseedGalenplanted.

    Sherecognizedthatemergingwritersneededbothfundsandencouragementtobuildalifeinliterature.Theyalsoneededopportunitiestoconnectwithreadersandwithpeers,tobuildaliterarycommunitythatwouldsustainbothwritingandreading,andtoshareinformation.Fortyyearslater,writerscontinuetoneedcash,readers,community,andinformationandPoets&Writerscontinuestomeetthoseneeds.

    Andso,tohonorGalen,welaunchedthe40thAnniversaryCam-paign,whichoverthepasttwoyearsraised$1milliontoensurethatPoets&Writersremainsrelevantintheincreasinglydigitallandscape,toprovidefinancialstabilityandflexibility,andtonurtureyoungleaderswhowillchampionliteraturelongintothefuture.

    Weveaccomplishedagreatdealinthesetwoyears.WeveaddedcolortothepagesofPoets & Writers Magazineandmadeitavailableinavarietyofdigitalformats.Oureditorialteamworkedtirelesslytoenhancethequalityandbreadthofthemagazinescoverage,andtheireffortswererecognizedwithaGoldeddieAwardforeditorialexcellence.Recognizingthegrowing

    importanceofourwebsiteasameansofprovidinginforma-tionandasaplatformforthecommunityofcreativewriters,thelongtimeeditorofthemagazine,MaryGannon,waspromotedtoeditorialdirector.Inthiscapacity,sheprovidesdirectiontoboththemagazineandwebsite.Underherleadership,weveaddedahostofnewfeatures,enhancedfunctionalityofthesite,andstrengthenedlinkagesbetweenourprintanddigitalpublications.TheReadings/Workshopprogram,whereitallbegan,continuedtothrive,payinghundredsofwritersfeesforgivingreadingsandconductingworkshopsinnewYork,California,andeightcitiesoutsidethosestates.

    Andthereisstillmore.Thepagesthatfollowdescribetheawardwinnerswevecelebrated,thenewfellowshipprogramwelaunched,andthemanysupporterswhomakeitallpossible.WeareverypleasedtosaythatPoets&Writersfinancialpositionispositive.ThankstothetremendousgenerosityofourBoardofDirectors,theFriendsofPoets&Writers,oursponsorsanddonors,aswellasthecarefulstewardshipofthestaff,wehavenotonlymaintainedbutstrengthenedtheorganizationsfinancialhealthduringaneconomicallychallengingperiod.

    Thisreportitselfisadeparture,pointingthewaytothefutureasmuchasitcelebratespastaccomplishments.Inadditiontocoveringtwoyearsinsteadofone,wedecidedforthefirsttimenottoprintthefullreport,buttoproduceitexclusivelyforreadingelectronically.Inadditiontobeingmorecosteffective,thisformataffordsustheopportunitytoincludevideosandlinkstomaterialonourwebsite.IfyouarejustgettingtoknowPoets&Writers,wehopeyouwillenjoylearningaboutthemanyfacetsoftheorganiza-tion.Ifyouareasupporter,weextendgratefulthanksandhopethatyouwillshareinourprideatthemanyaccomplishmentsdescribedhere.

    Sincerely,

    CeliaCurrin elliotFigmanPresident executiveDirector

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  • 40tH anniVeRSaRy CaMpaiGn

    The40ThAnnIveRSARYCAMPAIGnSeCUReDsignificantfundsforthreespecificobjectives:the Galen Williams endowment Fund

    TheGalenWilliamsendowmentFundwillenhancethefinancialsecurityandflex-

    ibilityofPoets&Writers,ensuringthatwecancontinuetoservecreativewriters

    fordecadestocome.DanielandJoannaS.Rosechallengedustomatchtheirvery

    generousleadcontribution,andmembersoftheBoard,formermembersofthe

    Board,andotherscontributedtomeetthegoal.TheWilliamBinghamFoundation

    andthee.h.A.Foundationalsomadegrantshelpingtocompletethisportionofthe

    campaignandrecognizeGalenslegacyatPoets&Writers.

    Writers online

    Thisinitiativewillallowustomakesignificantinvestmentsinouronlinepresence

    overaperiodoffiveyears,ensuringthatP&Wremainsrelevantinanincreasingly

    digitallandscape.WritersOnlinehasalreadyenabledustoengageexpertconsultants,

    addstaffwithbothtechnicalandeditorialskills,androlloutnewwebfeaturesand

    digitalproducts.

    Galen Williams Fellowship program

    TheFellowshipProgramisintendedtonurturefutureleadersforthenon-profit

    literaryfield.Wecreatedtwopaidfellowshippositions,whichhavebeennamed

    forthedonorswhosegenerouscontributionshavemadetheprogrampossible:

    theDiana and Simon Raab editorial Fellowshipandthe Joseph F. McCrindle

    Foundation Readings/Workshops Fellowship.

    Intheprogramsinauguralyear,2010-11,wewelcomedCatRichardsonastheRaab

    editorialFellowandCathylinhCheastheMcCrindleFoundationReadings/Work-

    shopsFellow.

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    William Styron and Lauren Bacall cut the cake at the Poets & Writers tenth anniversary celebration.

    Galen Williams, Founder of Poets & Writers.

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  • poets & Writers is grateful to all who contributed to the 40th anniversary Campaign.

    thanks to their generous support, we will continue to meet writers evolving needs for decades to come.

    CHaMpionS

    The Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation

    Daniel & Joanna S. Rose

    leaDeRS

    John W. Holman, Jr.

    Susan & John Jackson

    Diana & Simon Raab

    Robin B. Smith

    Ellen M. Violett &

    Mary P.R. Thomas Foundation

    Anonymous

    BeneFaCtoRS

    Ellen Archer

    Amy Berkower

    The William Bingham Foundation

    Maureen Mahon Egen

    The E. H. A. Foundation

    Jane Friedman

    The Hyde & Watson Foundation

    Susan Isaacs

    Ellen R. Joseph

    Susan & Alan Kahn

    Helen Macioce

    Susan D. McClanahan

    Michael Pietsch

    Theodore C. Rogers

    Nick & Joanna Vergoth

    Margaret V.B. Wurtele

    SuppoRteRS

    Virginia Barber

    Miles Coon

    Celia Currin

    Ella and Elliot Figman

    Lynn Goldberg

    Helen Handley Houghton

    William Kistler

    Ann McGovern

    Al and Rosa Silverman

    Shen Tong

    Paul Vidich

    Anonymous

    ContRiButoRS

    Jennifer Benka

    Esther Cohen

    Roger Cooper

    Valentine Craig

    Dr. Saralyn R. Daly

    Allison Davis

    Marvin Diogenes

    Heather Dubrow

    Hon. Brian B. Duff

    Michael Geisser

    Karin Grafstrom

    Thomas Hesse

    and Gwendolyn Bellman

    Mrs. Joan L. and

    Dr. Julius H. Jacobson

    Janklow & Nesbit Associates

    Stephen O. Lesser

    Robin Magowan

    and Juliet Mattila

    Sandi Mendelson

    David Nichols

    Francine Pascal

    Diane Pinkley

    Timothy Seldes

    Ellen Sussman

    John Thompson

    Daria Topousis

    Galen Williams

    Kirk Wilson

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    We also thank the members

    of the 40th anniversary

    Campaign Writers Committee

    for their generous contributions

    and dedication to our goal.

    Dorothy Allison

    Da Chen

    Nelson DeMille

    Jennifer Egan

    Jonathan Franzen

    A. M. Homes

    Major Jackson

    Sue Monk Kidd

    Wally Lamb

    Barry Lopez

    Honor Moore

    Peter Straub

    Quincy Troupe

    Lily Tuck

    Hilma Wolitzer

    Anonymous

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