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Friday, July 17, 2009

Poet PEW Fellowship Grants, PLEASE READ, VERY IMPORTANT 

As many of us know the PEW Fellowship in the Arts gives out individual grants to artists in various disciplines, and as many of us know poetry used to be in the rotation for those grants every two years. Then poetry was switched to every four years.

I've just spoken with people working at the PEW office in Philadelphia, and have learned that they are considering NOT having poetry in the rotation this year. Meaning if it's next year that it's now moved to every five years? If even next year, as it seems now that there're no guarantees for poetry grants.

I asked permission for an e-mail where we poets could send encouraging mail in the hopes that poetry be put into the rotation for this year's grant considerations. This is the e-mail: info@PCAH.US and I am asking every poet in the Philadelphia area to please write to this e-mail address AS SOON AS POSSIBLE with your letters of encouragement.

I say write AS SOON AS POSSIBLE because they are AT THIS MINUTE making the decision whether to include poetry or not in the rotation for this year.

NO TIME LEFT, WE MUST ACT NOW! WE MUST LET THEM KNOW WE POETS ARE HERE!
CAConrad

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