Published: July 1, 2005
|The following arts organizations support the arts on a national level through national and state programs and outreach. Their Web sites offer many resources, including links, awards and related publications.|
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is the 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. You can find your state arts agency at this Web site.
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. The Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities and military bases.
The U.S. Regional Arts Organizations are six nonprofit entities--Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, Southern Arts Federation and Western States Arts Federation--created to encourage development of the arts and to support arts programs on a regional basis. Here you'll find links to your regional arts organizations.
Writers at Work series
This series of author interviews with some of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning authors of our time, was published by The Paris Review. While most the series is out of print, you can generally find used copies on www.alibris.com or other used-book Web sites.
Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers by Carolyn See
The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor edited by Sally Fitzgerald
Get Your First Book Publishedby Jason Shinder with Amy Hollman. This book provides countless resources for writers including lists of literary organizations, Web sites, publications, publishing resources and anecdotes from authors.
The following professional organizations support literature and writers through programs, outreach, and information consolidation. Their Web sites offer many additional resources, including essays, interviews and published works by established authors.
Associated Writing Programs
Pen American Center
Poetry Society of American
The Academy of American Poets
Web sites of interest
Directory of writers colonies
The Paris Review offers interviews online dating from the 1950s through today. While not all of the authors interviewed are available online, you can search the database and order back issues for any author interview you're interested in.
The Atlantic offers interviews, reviews and essays on fiction and poetry, a discussion forum, links and the Audible Anthology (a collection of digital poetry readings) in its Atlantic Unbound section.