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Guide to Literary Resources

Local bookstores, presses, and reading series are potential collaborators and good sources of information. You can also contact your State Arts Council and speak to the person who coordinates the Literature Program (look at the list at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies website for your state’s council. Think of Poets House as a resource and the following organizations as potential partners:

Center for the Book; Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Washington, DC 20540-4920 voice: 202-707-5221 fax: 202-707-0269,

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established by public law in 1977 to promote books, reading, literacy and libraries, as well as the scholarly study of books. Since its founding, the Center has established affiliate centers in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Center's mission is carried out internationally through its overseas affiliates. More than 80 organizations are Center for the Book reading promotion partners both in the United States and abroad.

A list of state Centers for the Book can be found here:

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Arlynn Fishbaugh Executive Director; 1029 Vermont Avenue, NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20005; 202-347-6352; Fax 202-737-0526;;

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is a membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation's state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Each of the 56 states and jurisdictions has created an agency to support excellence in and access to the arts.

A Directory of State Arts Agencies is here:

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20506; 202-682-5400;;

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Along with the Poetry Foundation, the NEA presents Poetry Out Loud, a recitation contest for high school students administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For information on school eligibility and much more:

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), William Adams, Chairman; 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20506; 1-800-NEH-1121;;

The NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. Their website includes links to 56 Humanities Councils in U.S. States and territories.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA); 20 Jay Street, 7th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201, (212) 366-6900;

Established in 1971 as an independent organization to serve individual artists throughout the state, the mission of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is to empower emerging artists and arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional/organizational development. In 2009, we extended our programs and services throughout the United States and the international community. NYFA serves its mission through four flagship programs, which administer a vast and diverse range of services, programming, and resources, Fiscal Sponsorship, Online Resources, Learning/Professional Development, and Awards and Cash Grants.