Brian Booth Writers’ Fund
The Brian Booth Writers’ Fund is an endowment of Literary Arts, managed by the Oregon Community Foundation, to fund the creation of new literary work in Oregon. Our goal is to raise $2 million, but the fund will continue to grow over time, creating a nationally recognized incubator of some of the best literature in the world.
Literary Arts plays an essential role in the thriving literary community in Oregon, and it’s so important that their work continues.”
Cheryl Strayed, Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient and Oregon Book Award winner for Wild
A Visionary Oregonian
Brian Booth was a visionary Oregonian who helped build some 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.”
Since then, the Oregon Book Awards and Fellowships program has honored 650 Oregon writers and independent publishers with over $930,000 by underwriting and promoting their work and giving them professional accolades and public encouragement.
This year alone, Literary Arts will give $72,500 to Oregon writers and publishers.
Invest in Oregon’s Creative Future
Please help us honor Brian’s life and legacy by investing in Oregon’s creative future via the Brian Booth Writers’ Fund. We welcome gifts of cash, multi-year pledges, securities, bequests, life insurance, IRAs, other retirement fund assets, and more.
What Writers are Saying
“For thirty years, Literary Arts’ grants have made things possible—writing time, a workspace, a new computer, a research trip—filling essential needs and offering Oregon writers the invaluable knowledge that their community supports and honors their work.” Ursula K. Le Guin, Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships winner
“Look, Oregon has hatched and housed some of the greatest writers in American history, but there will be more and greater ones coming, and the Brian Booth Writers’ Fund will give them a way to gather, to elevate each other, to tell the stories that might well change the world. The right stories do that, if we give them a chance.” Brian Doyle, Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient and author of Mink River
“Years ago now, Brian [Booth] catalyzed a formal awareness of Oregon’s contributions to a national literature and provided Oregon’s writers, especially, with a sense of community. Today, Literary Arts represents the apotheosis of Brian’s vision to provide state-wide support for writing, reading, and the public presentation of literary ideas and ideals. […] We can imagine that Brian […] is touched and pleased that the community he worked so hard to bring to life chose to honor him with this fund.” Barry Lopez, Oregon Book Awards winner and National Book Award winner for Arctic Dreams
“Brian. Booth. These two words are a synonym for vision and advocacy. When I say Brian’s name, I know I’m speaking the language of ideals realized through remarkable resolve and generosity. Now we who admire him have a way to fittingly honor him: the Brian Booth Writers’ Fund—a trust created to perpetuate the literary programs he founded.” Paulann Petersen, former Oregon Poet Laureate
“Brian Booth believed, as I do, that we have here a historical and distinctive contribution to American literature. Oregonians are a community of writers and readers who, because we got here so relatively late, have more than our share of big woods and clean rivers and wild life to relate to. In the great American theme of mankind in nature, our place is “the territory” that Huck Finn lit out for. Brian passionately understood and shored up this idea. He would be immensely pleased to know that his visionary support for Oregon writers lives on.” Robin Cody, Oregon Book Award winner for Voyage of a Summer Sun
“When I look back at my life as a writer, an Oregon Book Award and a Literary Fellowship stand as high points—crucial reassurance that I was on the right path; that I was, in fact, “a writer.” Brian Booth placed the winner’s ribbon around my neck for The Jump-Off Creek, so to my mind he will always be the face of the Oregon Book Awards. It is both astonishing and gratifying that his vision—to honor and support and celebrate writers throughout Oregon—is still flourishing after more than twenty-five years. Hurrah for the Brian Booth Writers’ Fund!” Molly Gloss, Oregon Book Award winner and Literary Fellowship recipient
“Oregon Book Awards and Literary Fellowships have brought solace, encouragement, and modest material sustenance to scores of us, and to the famous and the virtually unknown as well. In very real if incalculable ways, they have directly contributed to the lively and ever-evolving literary culture we enjoy today.” John Daniel, three-time winner of the Oregon Book Award
“I think the institution of the Oregon Book Awards is really important. […] It’s a moment every year that we all come together as a community to celebrate. And not just [to] celebrate the winners, but to celebrate also the people who were runners-up, and before that to celebrate everyone who is writing. […] I think anytime you have a community, a statewide community, that gets together once a year to celebrate literature in its community, [it] is highly, highly valuable.” Matthew Dickman, 2009 Oregon Book Award Winner (Poetry)
For more information, please contact Lydah DeBin, Director of Development and Marketing, at 503.227.2583 x 106 or at email@example.com or download a PDF.