Beltway Poetry Quarterly


Alexandria Commission for the Arts

The Alexandria Commission for the Arts sponsors grants, artist trainings, internships in arts management, a public art program, the annual Alex Arts Awards, and the Alexandria Poet Laureate.

Arlington Cultural Affairs

Arlington Cultural Affairs sponsors grants, public art, and presents a range of public programs.  They maintain several theaters and other arts venues throughout the County, publish a monthly online newsletter, and sponsor the Arlington County Poet Laureate.

Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County

Creative MoCo offers grants, artist workshops, public art, advocacy, and volunteer opportunities.

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities

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Delaware Division of the Arts

The Delaware Division of the Arts offers grants, training, podcasts, and hosts Poetry Out Loud and the state Poet Laureate.

Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance

The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance offers grants (including the Baker Artist Awards and the Rubys Artist Project Grants), professional development, and advocacy. Offers a JobsPlus list.


humanitiesdc-logoHumanitiesDC offers grants, sponsors the DC Digital Library, and hosts special events, such as the Humanitini discussion series.

Library of Virginia Literary Awards

The Library of Virginia offers annual literary awards to Virginia authors or books with Virginia themes.

Maryland Humanities Council

Maryland Humanities Council sponsors grants, a speaker’s bureau, annual events such as Maryland History Day and the Summer Chautauqua, and runs the Maryland Center for the Book.

Maryland State Arts Council

Maryland State Arts Council offers grants, advocacy, cultural planning, cultural diversity arts registry, newsletter. Also hosts a state-wide Writers in the Schools Program through its Arts in Education grant program.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation offers grants, advocacy, artist and critic exchanges, newsletter. Covers the following states: Delaware, DC, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia. West Virginia, and (strangely, since it’s not in the Mid-Atlantic) the US Virgin Islands.

National Endowment for the Arts

The NEA offers individual arts grants to writers across the country. Poets and translators are eligible in alternate years. Program grants to arts organizations cover all US states, territories, and military bases. Special initiatives for rural and inner-city arts groups.

National Endowment for the Humanities

The NEH awards grants and awards in several humanities categories given annually to cultural institutions (museums, archives, libraries, colleges, public TV, radio stations) and individual scholars.

Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council

The PG Arts Council offers grants, public art, and an artist registry.

Virginia Commission for the Arts

The VCA awards grants, training, and advocacy.  State-wide Writers in the Schools program. Hosts annual Arts Advocacy Day in Richmond, and an annual conference.

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

VFH offers grants, and hosts programs including the Virginia Folklife Program, the Center for Media and Culture, and the Virginia Shakespeare Initiative.

West Virginia Commission on the Arts

The West Virginia Commission on the Arts offers grants, technical assistance, an artist roster, and a calendar of events and exhibits. Also publishes an on-line listing of writers groups, and has published a literary map of the state.