That’s what Andy Nulman, president of Just for Laughs, a comedy festival in Canada, is quoted as saying at the end of “It’s Not Billions, but It Can Help Rescue an Artist,” an article in The New York Times by Caitlin Kelly. Kelly writes about organizations like the Craft Emergency Relief Fund and the Writers Emergency Assistance Fund that offer financial help to artists whose lives have been struck by hardship and disaster. I am a poet and a translator, but I am also a tenured college professor with a good deal more job security than most people in this country, a fact that humbles me constantly, even as I am profoundly grateful for it. So I was pleased, really pleased, to know that these organizations exist and one of the things I am going to do soon is identify one, probably one that helps writers, and make a donation. It will be smaller than I would like, since my budget is squeezed just like everyone else’s these days, but it’s really important.
I hope you will consider reading the article and making a donation as well.