UNCW's Ecotone Magazine to Receive $10,000 NEA Grant

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

UNCW’s Ecotone magazine, produced by faculty and MFA students in the Department of Creative Writing, has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive a Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) award of $10,000. The NEA announced $28.8 million in GAP awards as part of its first round of 2023 grants.

The award will allow for increased payments to the magazine’s contributors and support the Jason Bradford and Shirley Niedermann Broadside Series. The series commissions artists to create limited-edition broadsides of poems from the magazine and brings the artist and featured poet to campus for an artist talk and reading.

“We’re so thankful for the NEA’s support of Ecotone,” said Anna Lena Phillips Bell, assistant professor in the UNCW Department of Creative Writing and editor of Ecotone. “This award will allow us to bring vital arts programming to UNC Wilmington, for students who work on the magazine, the campus community, and the public.”

Ecotone's mission is to publish and promote the best place-based work being written today, and to offer students in UNCW's MFA program in creative writing the chance to learn the craft of literary editing. This is the sixth time since 2016 that the NEA has awarded funding to the magazine.

-G. Guthrie