Letras Latinas, the ILS’ literary initiative and a founding member of the Poetry Coalition, is pleased to share the news that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Academy of American Poets a $1 million grant to enable the work of the Poetry Coalition over the next four years.
The grant from the Mellon Foundation foundation will support Poetry Coalition programming, as well the creation of a pilot fellowship program that will place individuals in part-time, paid positions at select Poetry Coalition member organizations so they might learn about and assist with literary arts programming and administration.
“When a core group of us met over two days in Santa Fe, NM in 2015—before we formally became the Poetry Coalition—one area of interest we all agreed on was the need to train the next generation of literary arts administrators “ said Francisco Aragón, the founding director of Letras Latinas. “It’s both encouraging and exciting that this part of our original vision has landed this kind of support. Letras Latinas looks forward to taking part in this pilot program, especially as it pertains to mentoring the literary folk who will be supporting the poets and storytellers from our various Latinx communities” he added.
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Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), strives to enhance the visibility, appreciation and study of Latinx literature both on and off the campus of the University of Notre Dame—with an emphasis on programs that support newer voices, foster a sense of community among writers, and place Latinx writers in community spaces.
Letras Latinas is proud to be a founding member of the Poetry Coalition, a group of organizations working to promote the values poets bring to our culture and the important contributions poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.