'Poets & Writers' Announces Open Door Grantees

Poets & Writers has announced that Open Door Career Advancement Grants have been awarded to 12 women writers of color. Made possible by Reese’s Book Club’s The Readership, the grants are meant to assist writers in accessing professional opportunities by helping to cover application fees for MFA programs, writing contests, conferences, workshops, and residencies, or to fund travel and other expenses related to taking part in such programs.

Four grants of $1,000 and eight grants of $500 were awarded to writers of poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction from across the country. This year's grantees are as follows:

  • Yasmine Ameli 
  • Arao Ameny 
  • simóne j banks 
  • S. Erin Batiste 
  • Ariana Benson 
  • Isabella DeSendi
  • Joanna Hong 
  • Saira Khan 
  • DW McKinney 
  • Shaina A. Nez 
  • Delaney R. Olmo 
  • Annie Wenstrup 
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