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Humanities & Arts


The Lannan Foundation Literary Program supports the creation of exceptional poetry and prose written originally in the English language, and to increase the audience for contemporary literature. Eligible are writers and poets whose work reflects and challenges our understanding of the world; nonprofit organizations engaged in creating, promoting, and widening the appreciation of literature. Projects of potential interest are identified by a variety of sources: through research by Lannan staff and board members; through a network of nominators with expertise in each program area (who change each year and serve anonymously); and through an ongoing process of letters of inquiry sent to the foundation by nonprofit organizations.