Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Poets & Writers, Inc.

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.pw.org

Mission Statement

Poets & Writers, Inc., is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Our national office is located in New York City. Our California branch office is based in Los Angeles.

Our work is rooted in the belief that literature is vital to sustaining a vibrant culture. We focus on nurturing literature's source: creative writers. Our mission is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public.

P&W accomplishes this through Poets & Writers Magazine (http://www.pw.org/magazine), an award-winning bimonthly publication; pw.org (http://www.pw.org/), a website that provides trustworthy advice, information, and a lively online community for writers; Readings & Workshops (http://www.pw.org/funding), which pays writers fees for giving readings and leading workshops throughout New York and California, as well as in eight cities outside those states; awards for writers (http://www.pw.org/about-us/sponsored-prizes) including the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize, the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, and the Amy Award; and Poets & Writers Live events (http://www.pw.org/live) held in cities around the country.

Main Programs

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Service Areas

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National

Poets & Writers, Inc. serves creative writers through out the U.S. with offices in New York, New York, and Los Angeles, California. Through its Web site, pw.org, it serves an increasingly international constituency. Our Readings & Workshops program pays fees to writers to give readings or teach writing workshops in large cities and small towns throughout New York and California, as well as in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Seattle, New Orleans, Tucson, and Washington D.C.

ruling year

1971

Principal Officer since 1981

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Mr. Elliot Figman

Keywords

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poets, writers, services for creative writers, contemporary literature, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

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EIN

13-2682458

 Number

4838504694

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IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Poets & Writers, Inc.

Poets & Writers serves writers through the following programs:

Poets & Writers Magazine is the leading publication of its kind. From its earliest days as a quarterly newsletter with a distribution of a few hundred copies, Poets & Writers Magazine has addressed issues of importance to creative writers, from finding an agent to promoting one’s book. The bimonthly magazine publishes essays on the literary life, profiles of contemporary authors, and the most comprehensive listing of literary grants and awards, deadlines, and prize winners available in print. Each issue reaches more than 100,000 writers.

Our website, pw.org, includes the Directory of Poets & Writers, which provides contact information, publication credits, and biographical information for more than 9,300 authors; databases of literary magazines and journals, small and independent presses, literary agents, MFA programs, writing contests, and literary places; a national literary events calendar; the Speakeasy Message Forum, which serves as a central meeting place for writers; and select content from Poets & Writers Magazine.

The website, which attracts one million unique visitors per year, provides ready access to information about how to get published, as well as an active community of writers who share information, support, and advice with one another. In addition, P&W staff members respond directly to queries via e-mail, telephone, and letter, offering trustworthy answers to writers' questions on topics ranging from first book contents to applying for MFA programs.

Our Readings/Workshops program has paid writers fees for giving readings and leading workshops since 1970. Each year, we support more than 750 writers participating in over 2,000 literary events throughout New York State and California, as well as in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, Seattle, Tucson, and Washington, D.C. We distribute more than $200,000 annually in the form of matching grants (restricted to the payment of writers’ fees) to a variety of organizations—from community centers to major art museums.

P&W has maintained a satellite office in California since 1989. In addition to overseeing the Readings/Workshops program in California, Houston, Seattle, and Tucson, this office convenes regional meetings in California that bring together writers and literary presenters.

Poets & Writers sponsors a select number of notable prizes for writers, including the Jackson Poetry Prize, the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writer Award, and the Amy Award.

Poets & Writers Live events, held in cities around the country, bring writers together and create opportunities for in-person learning, networking, and community-building.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

4,049,354

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Poets & Writers, Inc. serves creative writers through out the U.S. with offices in New York, New York, and Los Angeles, California. Through its Web site, pw.org, it serves an increasingly international constituency. Our Readings & Workshops program pays fees to writers to give readings or teach writing workshops in large cities and small towns throughout New York and California, as well as in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Seattle, New Orleans, Tucson, and Washington D.C.

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

Poets & Writers seeks funding for its programs, including Readings/Workshops, which serves both creative writers and audiences, and Writers Online, an initiative to invest in our digital assets, strengthening P&W for the future.

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Poets and Writers Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Operations

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Principal Officer

Mr. Elliot Figman

BIO

Elliot Figman has served as P&W's Executive Director since 1981. In that role he has overseen the development of Poets & Writers Magazine since its inception in 1987, the creation of a west coast office, the expansion of the R/W program, the establishment of the Jackson Poetry Prize, and the creation of an endowment. His academic background includes a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa with Honors in English), Oberlin College and M.A. in Teaching, University of Massachusetts. He has served on the Board of Directors of Oberlin College and The Corlears School. Mr. Figman is also a poet. His book, "Big Spring," was published by Four Way Books in spring 2003.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Susan Isaacs

Novelist

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