Mapping the Future of the Literary Arts Field, Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts

Signature Room, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 5
Thursday, March 9, 2023
10:35 am to 11:50 am


The Smithsonian, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, has embarked on a year-long project to examine the literary arts field, generate new ideas, encourage cross-sector communication, and offer approaches and solutions to nurture a more just and financially viable ecosystem. Panelists will provide an overview of this effort and its origins, and invite project advisors and participants into the conversation.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Maps_to_the_Next_World_Outline_v2.pdf



Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, PhD, is founding director of the arts nonprofit The Asian American Literary Review and coeditor in chief of its critically acclaimed literary journal. He is also a curator for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Amy Stolls is the director of literary arts at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Fred Sasaki is the art director for Poetry magazine; a gallery curator for the Poetry Foundation; cohost of Homeroom's School Night info show; an organizer for Prison Neighborhood Arts Project (P+NAP), and writer of funny loving things.


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Kansas City Convention Center