Women Artists Fund

Photo by Kay Bell, courtesy of Eudora Welty LLC Photo by Kay Bell, courtesy of Eudora Welty LLC

TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2018

Help us make #GivingTuesday a success! Donate to our new Women Artists Fund to make a difference. 

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“When I sit down to begin, when I gather myself and my senses, Eudora is the force and friend whose courage I cannot do without. When I stand at the gate, which I would not have entered without her kind prodding, its cold, rusty iron in my hands, I like to think Eudora bids me to swing wide.”

—Tift Merritt, GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter and OA contributor

Support women artists—support the next generation of cultural icons.

The Oxford American (OA) is a leading presenter of the South’s best writing, music, and visual art with a longstanding commitment to showcasing work that reflects the depths of our region’s voices. This #GivingTuesday, help us uplift female artists across all platforms in which the OA operates by raising $25k to expand our Women Artists Fund!


Though best known for supporting the South’s literary community, the nonprofit Oxford American magazine also significantly empowers artists to explore our region’s complexity and vitality through music and visual media like photography, painting, and video documentaries. The resulting journalism and storytelling fills a unique gap in the national media landscape that brings to the forefront unique perspectives on often overlooked people and places. Through this work, we have the incredible opportunity to support the creative voices that are shaping our region’s culture and artistic legacy for years to come.

In 2017, the Oxford American launched the Women Writers Fund during our #GivingTuesday campaign to reiterate our commitment to work that reflects the depth of the South. Thanks to the generosity of people like you, we raised over $36,000. 

The impact that these donations had on our work is impossible to quantify. We used those funds in 2018 to publish more than forty women writers in the print magazine—including rising stars like Molly McCully Brown and luminaries like renowned poet Nikki Giovanni, New York Times bestseller Beth Macy, and National Book Award finalist Lauren Groff.

Energized by this success, this year, we’re adapting the concept into the Women Artists Fund. Instead of supporting only writers, the Women Artists Fund will support female artists across disciplines. We seek work from women who will further our mission to explore the complexity of the South through visual art, music, and community programs. 

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newGTroberts“I am proud to be associated with the Oxford American, one of America’s premier literary magazines. The OA gets to the heart of our many Souths, not merely the glossy, mossy, pastel-dressed one we see staring out at us from the covers of other magazines, but the Souths we actually inhabit: polyglot, complex, cacophonous, endlessly fascinating.”

—Diane Roberts, author of Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America and an Oxford American contributing editor

newGTwilksinson“I’ve always considered the Oxford American to be the New Yorker of the South. The literary crème de la crème for the Southern writer and reader.”

—Crystal Wilkinson, author of The Birds of Opulence, and an Oxford American contributor

newGTfennelly“The urge to eat dirt; dancing in Junior Kimbrough’s juke joint with a man who had a hook for a hand; admiring the shirtless young men running in Oxford, Mississippi on the first warm spring day; the faculty meeting quips of Barry Hannah; the blues that came out of the flood of the Mississippi River in 1927; books that make me horny; what poetry and motherhood have in common; my ginormous bladder.  Whenever I have to urge to write something freaky, uncomfortably true, and revelatory of my beloved South, I send it first to the Oxford American, home to the best writing of the last twenty-five years.”

—Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, author of Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs, and an Oxford American contributing editor

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