The Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, under the direction of Secretary of State Michele Reagan, has awarded mini-grants to five libraries to host Writers in Residence in 2018. The program promotes writing in communities by connecting local, professional authors to serve as Writers in Residence in local libraries. Writers in Residence spend time at the library during their residency composing new works and providing education for community members.
“Grants like these make it possible for aspiring writers to learn from experienced authors,” said Secretary Reagan. “Plus, it’s just another example of libraries providing great educational opportunities. If you haven’t visited your local library in a while, you may not realize that libraries are so much more than just a place to get a book. They are community centers and a place where people can connect with their community.”
Each library will host two authors, one for a residency from February-April and a second for May-July. Recipient libraries listed below each received a grant of $5,000:
Glendale Public Library
Maricopa County Library District North Valley Regional Library
Mesa Public Library
Pima County Public Library
Tempe Public Library