The Common to Receive $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Common literary journal will receive its sixth grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2022. The Art Works grant of $10,000 will be awarded to The Common to help publish and promote place-based stories, essays, and poems by new and underrepresented writers from the US and abroad.

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In previous years, The Common has published numerous global portfolios from areas including Morocco, Puerto Rico, and the Lusosphere; the most recent of these featured writing from the Arabian Gulf region. In spring 2022, the magazine will feature a collection of stories by Palestinian authors as part of its annual series of Arabic literature in translation, which bring the best literary fiction from the Arab world to English-language readers. The grant will also support the magazine’s fall 2022 print issue, which will include the DISQUIET International Literary Program’s 2022 prize-winning poem, as well as online features published year-round on The Common’s open-access website. These initiatives are part of The Common’s ongoing commitments to make international literature available to American readers and to provide writers in the US with an international platform, which have made the journal an essential destination for readers and students of all backgrounds to access vibrant voices and perspectives.

“We are thrilled to receive another generous NEA grant as The Common’s second decade unfolds,” says founder and editor in chief Jennifer Acker. “These funds will go a long way toward supporting a diverse, global literary common space as the magazine continues to connect readers and writers around the world.”

Since 1966, the National Endowment for the Arts has supported arts projects in every state and territory in the nation. The Common is among 1,248 projects across America totaling $28,840,000 that were selected to receive this first round of fiscal year 2022 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects category.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like The Common that help support the community’s creative economy,” said NEA Acting Chair Ann Eilers. “The Common in Amherst, Massachusetts is among the arts organizations nationwide that are using the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and providing access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through the arts.”

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit

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The Common to Receive $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts

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