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Director of Literature

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Local Address:  Washington DC , District of Columbia , United States
National Endowment for the Arts
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, Nw
Washington , District of Columbia 20506
United States

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Employment History


  • MFA , creative writing
    American University
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"Since its inception, the creative ..., 31 Dec 2015 [cached]
"Since its inception, the creative writing fellowship program has awarded more than $45 million to a diverse group of more than 3,000 writers, many of them emerging writers at the start of their careers," said Amy Stolls, director of Literature Programs for the National Endowment for the Arts.
"These 37 extraordinary new fellows provide more evidence of the NEA's track record of discovering and supporting excellent writers," Stolls said.
About Me | Amy Stolls, 28 June 2015 [cached]
Amy Stolls in the woods. Amy Stolls in a night gown. Amy Stolls in a night gown.
Amy Stolls is the author of the novel The Ninth Wife (HarperCollins, May 2011), and the young adult novel Palms to the Ground (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005), winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award. She spent years as a journalist covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska before she received an MFA in creative writing from American University. Currently, she is Director of Literature at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she has worked since 1998, collaborating with thousands of writers, translators, editors, booksellers, publishers, educators, and presenters nationwide to keep literature a vital part of American society. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two young sons.
Amy Stolls likes chai lattes.
Amy Stolls has no cavities.
Amy Stolls has visited more than 25 countries. She has hiked the Inca Trail in Peru; kayaked through Southern Thailand; safaried in South Africa; biked from Prague to Budapest, along the Austral Road in Patagonia, and through northern Vietnam; backpacked through Europe; driven coast to coast across Canada; gotten drunk on good vodka in the former USSR (Moscow, St. Petersburg and cities in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan) and again in the current Soviet Union. In the last year, she has biked to work, run to the supermarket, and crawled into bed.
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In Issue #10, editor Lee Gutkind ..., 17 Mar 2014 [cached]
In Issue #10, editor Lee Gutkind interviews Amy Stolls, NEA Literature Program Officer. Literature is the only NEA discipline to give individual grants. The other individual fellowships-in dance and music, and the performing arts-were cut in 1995 by Congress. Literature remained, according to Stolls, due to writers lobbying for their merit.
While the business of application is decidedly unsexy, the funding process is rippling with power. Gutkind admits intimidation even to talk to Stolls, who lowers the purse strings that have been known, in his words "to make or break artists. Himself a former recipient of the grant, Gutkind acknowledges that the importance of the stipend was secondary to the endorsement it represents. As any contemporary artist, awash in the field of crowns and clover that is the publishing industry, knows, the boon of assurance that your work is recognized and valued is the solid gold currency at the foot of the rainbow.
Stolls shares some insight into the bureaucratic process because she is herself a novelist. Most writers moonlight, and Stolls admits that sometimes she bemoans her administrative position for the attention it takes from her writing. Her position also confronts and threatens to overwhelm her at times with the sheer volume of competing artists. I have not applied for an NEA Individual Artist Grant, but I know that the NEA panel at the 2011 AWP was standing-room-only with such individuals vying for a place at the table. What strikes me, though, is the nature of the joy Stolls takes in calling the grant recipients. She has gotten marriage proposals after the almost-lottolike announcement. She has been told she has the most beautiful voice. She laughs off these sentiments, but is refueled by the equally spontaneous tears of a writer whose short story, having been rejected twenty-two times, just earned an NEA Fellowship. The validation of such a call must be astounding.
Welcome to Red Hen Press, 5 Mar 2006 [cached]
Amy Stolls, Literature Specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts, advises nonprofit organizations on the creation, presentation, preservation, accessibility, and/or educational value of literary projects.Since 1998, she has reviewed more than 800 proposals from organizations and thousands more from individual writers, has moderated more than a dozen panels, and worked with more than 150 distinguished authors, translators, editors, booksellers, publishers, and other experts in the field.From 1988 to 1996, Stolls was an environmental journalist who gained international recognition for her coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.She has an MFA in creative writing from American University, where she occasionally teaches a course on contemporary literature.Her novel Palms to the Ground (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2005).
After going through thousands of ..., 12 Oct 2014 [cached]
After going through thousands of applications, semifinalists were picked by a panel that included authors as well as Amy Stolls, director of literature for the National Endowment for the Arts.
The folks I worked with were open-minded, fair, passionate about the written word and committed to rewarding artistic excellence and providing unique space for writers of all kinds to create and be inspired, Stolls said.
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