"In supporting the NEA, we support what is best about American innovation: our capacity to imagine. To dream. To create." —Kiki Petrosino
For more than twenty years Sarabande has received generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of our publishing and educational programming. Each year, a handful of our titles receive special, earmarked funding from the NEA. Kiki Petrosino's poetry collections Fort Red Border and Hymn for the Black Terrific, along with her forthcoming collection Witch Wife, were all made possible through NEA grants. Here's Kiki Petrosino on publishing with Sarabande:
"I'm proud to have three books of poetry published with Sarabande thanks to funding from the NEA. My relationship with this outstanding press has made it possible for me to reach out to readers, students, and fellow artists around the world, and to participate in the dynamic creative economy of Louisville, Kentucky, where I live and teach. My poetry is about collisions, the way public history intersects with private life. I'm fascinated by how the built world, the natural world, and the digital co-exist today, making up our unique contemporary wilderness. It's important to remember that American poetry, beginning with Phyllis Wheatley's first published poem in 1767, and continuing through Walt Whitman's Song of Myself and Drum Taps, always has explored the darkness and light in our landscape, the wonder and strangeness of our stories, our people. By supporting contemporary American poetry, Sarabande and the NEA help continue and build upon this centuries-old conversation. We are a nation of makers: artists, storytellers, musicians, craftspeople, and writers. In supporting the NEA, we support what is best about American innovation: our capacity to imagine. To dream. To create."
Learn more about Sarabande's partnership with the NEA and how you can help #SavetheNEA on our website.