Creative Writing

Ecotone and Lookout Books to Receive Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for 2018, including an Art Works grant for our very own Ecotone and Lookout Books to support their upcoming initiatives. Art Works, the NEA’s largest funding category, supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

With this award, both our literary magazine, Ecotone, and our in-house imprint, Lookout Books, will benefit tremendously. Not only will the grant help further the promotion of our magazine, increase contributor payments, support the redesign of the Lookout Books website, and aid in the launch of our new essay collection, Trespass: Ecotone Essayists Beyond the Boundaries of Place, Identity, and Feminism, it will ultimately benefit our students and enhance their experiences working on these publications as well.

“This grant offers encouragement from our peers that we’re moving in the right direction. It’s not just the financial support, but the reminder that we’re a part of a national community of editors, designers, and publishers, doing the work of bringing new writing to good readers,” says Ecotone editor Anna Lena Phillips Bell. “It can be hard to measure the effects of this kind of support on the lives of our students, but we can see it clearly in the choices they make and in their accomplishments after graduation. We’re incredibly thankful to the NEA.”

Read more about Ecotone, Lookout Books, and the National Endowment for the Arts.