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New England Review Receives NEA Grant for Publication and Outreach

January 8, 2014

Middlebury, VT— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that New England Review, a publication of Middlebury College, is one of 895 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. New England Review is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support the publication and promotion of the quarterly literary journal in print and digital formats.

During the grant period (January through December 2014), New England Review will publish four issues of the journal in print and digital editions; contribute new audio, video, and original writing to its website; and continue building an audience of readers. Funds requested from the NEA will be used to support publishing expenses, including increased writers’ fees, as well as digital outreach and marketing.

Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, "The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable experiences for the public to engage with the arts."

Carolyn Kuebler, who will assume the role of Editor of NER during the 2014 funding period, said, “We are thrilled to receive the support of the NEA, which will allow us to increase payments to authors for the first time in twenty years, and will support our ongoing efforts to make great new writing available to a wider audience.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Works applications, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 895 are recommended for grants for a total of $ 23.4 million.

New England Review (NER), a publication of Middlebury College, cultivates artistic excellence and innovation in contemporary writers and engages readers deeply in the literary arts through its quarterly publication, dynamic web presence, and quarterly public reading series. Every issue of NER features new works of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, translations from many languages in many genres, and essays on film, music, painting, and more. NER makes room in its pages for literary experimentation as well as the imaginative use of conventions, for essays that engage deeply with our immediate surroundings as well as those that elucidate other time periods, cultures, and places. From the painstaking selection process through careful editing and presentation, NER works closely with writers as they perfect their art, and in turn offers their work to the public in a variety of formats.