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The Massachusetts Cultural Council

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. The Council pursues this mission through a combination of grant programs, partnerships, and services for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.


The Charles Hayden Foundation

The Charles Hayden Foundation seeks to promote the mental, moral, and physical development of children and youth ages five to eighteen in the metropolitan areas of New York and the City of Boston. Our focus is on those institutions and programs serving youth most at risk of not reaching their full potential, especially youth in low-income communities.

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

Founded in 1991, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts administers a charitable endowment consisting of nearly 600 separately identified funds benefiting Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties. Each fund was contributed by one or more generous donors who wished to make a difference, on a local scale, in those communities.

J.E. and Marjorie B. Pittman Foundation and the Edwin L. and Elizabeth L. Skelton Foundation

Supporting scholarships for poets to attend the Juniper Summer Writing Institute.


The CalArts MFA Program

The CalArts MFA Program is an innovative writing program designed for students who seek to experiment with form and content and to engage in thoughtful dialogue about the artistic, conceptual and political concepts of contemporary writing. Their distinctive curriculum combines the rigors of training in established genres with opportunities to explore the fertile territories between and beyond genres.

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Department of English offers a B.A. in English with concentrations in poetry and fiction writing, culminating in a creative thesis. Home to a literary and visual arts journal called The Flintlock, NWU also hosts the Visiting Writers Series, featuring prominent writers from around the country.


NEOMFA is a consortium of four universities: Cleveland State University, Kent State University, the University of Akron, and Youngstown State University. NEOMFA’s unique collaborative design allows students to take advantage of a large pool of award-winning faculty and concentrate in the writing of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.

University of the Arts

The University of the Arts is dedicated to advancing human creativity. Students in the BFA Program in Creative Writing focus on poetry, fiction, and other genres while pursuing creative collaborations across the arts and in the community.


Amherst Books

Amherst Books is located in downtown Amherst, is a locally owned, independent bookshop selling new and used books. Their particular strengths include poetry, literature, and philosophy; they also carry a large selection of small press titles and literary journals.


A small, not-for-profit publisher run by authors, Fiction Collective Two is a hub for artistically adventurous, non-traditional fiction. FC2 has generously funded the full tuition for a fiction writer to attend a one-day intensive in 2024.


The Valley Advocate

The Valley Advocate has been bringing the best in investigative journalism and coverage of arts and entertainment to Western Massachusetts for over forty years. The Advocate’s readership is as diverse as the editorial that appears in its pages, encompassing the residents of Southern Vermont, the Springfield/Northampton/Amherst areas as well as the college populations of over 16 local universities and colleges, including UMass Amherst, Smith College and Mount Holyoke.

Ryan Askew Web Design & Development

Ryan Askew is a web designer and developer based in Easthampton, Massachusetts, with more than 10 years experience working with clients to build websites. He works with clients through each step from concept to launch to create designs, develop sites, increase usability, and provide ongoing guidance.