A Library of America Project funded with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Emerson Collective. Fifty $1,200 grants will be awarded to libraries, museums, and nonprofit cultural institutions to host a minimum of two public programs. Applications are open to public, academic, and community college libraries; and nonprofit museums and community organizations.
All participating institutions will present a minimum of two programs, at least one of which must be a discussion/reading group moderated by a scholar of African American literature designed to draw out and explore the project themes. Other programs could include:
- Poetry readings combined with panel discussions
- An exhibition of material — photographs, rare or signed editions, memorabilia–that reflect the local community’s historic engagement with the tradition that inspire them
- A lecture by a local poetry scholar
- Adult and young adult reading groups based on the Lift Every Voice Reader
- A poetry slam for local poets to share their work and poems
- A poetry workshop led by a local writing instructor
- Musical performances, reflecting the tradition’s deep engagement with the blues, jazz, hip hop, gospel, R&B, and other forms.
For more information, and to apply, visit the website: https://africanamericanpoetry.org/apply