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Brian Booth Writers’ Fund

The Brian Booth Writers’ Fund supports and honors the creation of new work here in Oregon. Make your investment in the creative future of Oregon today.

The Brian Booth Writers’ Fund was created in 2014 to ensure Oregon writers will have a permanent funding source.

Since 1987, Literary Arts has honored over 600 Oregon writers and publishers, and distributed just over one million dollars in fellowships and award monies through the Oregon Book Awards and Fellowships program.

This year, for the first time, we awarded two fellowships of $10,000 each, in addition to thirteen fellowships of $3,500 to writers and publishers.

Make a Gift

Make your gift today and invest in the creative future of Oregon. Our goal is to raise $2 million in order to provide permanent funding for our state’s writers and publishers through the Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships.


Booth Emergency Fund for Writers

Literary Arts has allocated a significant amount from our Brian Booth Writers’ Fund to create the Booth Emergency Fund for Writers. This emergency fund is designed to provide meaningful financial relief to Oregon’s writers, including cartoonists, spoken word poets, and playwrights during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A Visionary Oregonian

Brian Booth was a visionary Oregonian who helped build some of the state’s most important cultural institutions. With the help of William Stafford, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ken Kesey, and other iconic writers, Booth created the Oregon Book Awards and Fellowships program in 1987 “to assist Pacific Northwest writers and promote the literary arts in the Northwest.”

Brian Booth Writers’ Fund Honor Roll

Donations of $3,000 or more


Ray & Jean Auel

Jan Baross

Bechen Family Foundation

Gwyneth Gamble Booth

Tom Booth & Megan Holden

Nancy & Roderick Boutin

Betty Bradshaw

Loulie J. Brown

Ellyn Bye

Charles & Lyn Cameron

Joan Cirillo & Roger Cooke

Rick Comandich

The Concordia Foundation

Sybilla Cook

Ginnie Cooper

Tracy Daugherty

Rocky & Julie Strasser Dixon

Amy Donohue & Paul McKean

Eberwein Family

Carol Edelman

Mary Fellows

Gale Family Trust

Brian Gard

Bob Geddes

Gray Family Fund

Sara & Andrew Guest

Susan Hammer & Lee Kelly

Pamela Smith Hill

The Estate of Dorothy D. Hirsch

Mary E. Hirsch & Yoshiaki Shimizu

Judy & Hank Hummelt

Bob & Ceil Huntington

Susheela Jayapal

David Johnson

Keller Foundation

Phil & Penny Knight

Laurell Swails Trust

Ursula & Charles Le Guin

Literary Arts Board of Directors

Julie Mancini & Dennis Bromka

Phillip M. Margolin

Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund

Carolyn McMurchie

Anne Mendel & Mark Henry

Lora & Jim Meyer

The Neuner Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation

Katherine O’Neil & Toby Graff

Corrine Oishi & Lindley Morton

Jan & Steve Oliva

Milo & Beverly Ormseth

PGE Foundation

Diane Ponti & Ward Greene

Gary & Linda Pope

Amy Prosenjak & Steven Guy

Halle & Rick Sadle

The Samuel S. Johnson Foundation

Robert D. Scanlan

Arlene Schnitzer

Joseph Soldati

Tom Spanbauer & Sage Ricci

Spark Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation

Bob Speltz

Storms Family Foundation

Tonkon Torp LLP

Victor Trelawny

U.S. Bank

Kristin & Nick Walrod

Amy Wayson & Ken Moran

Wheeler Foundation

William & Helen Jo Whitsell

Dan Wieden & Priscilla Bernard Wieden

Carl Wilson & Evan Boone

Tom & Marcia Wood

Wyss Foundation