The Janavi Held Endowed Poetry and Art Grant was established in memory of artist, poet and yogini Janavi Held (1965-2018), to encourage and support women like Janavi, whose artistic and poetic expressions are an integral part of who they are. The grant is specifically intended to facilitate further expression of women's creative spirits.
The Janavi Held Endowed Poetry and Art Grant Board of Trustees invites women of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities who engage their creativity as part of their spiritual practice, or have a spiritual component to their artistic and poetic expressions.
This privately endowed micro-grant of $1,108 is awarded biannually as per the selection of the donor advised Board of Trustees.
We are now accepting applications for the year 2021, with a deadline of June 2021. There are no application fees. The grants are awarded no later than December 2021.
Please e-mail us the following:
- Your contact information
- A short bio sketch (no more than 200 words)
- Your Artist Statement
- An essay on why receiving this grant would be meaningful to you
- Links to your website, blog, or online presence, if applicable
- A headshot (optional)
We look forward to hearing from you!
2020 Grant Recipients
Tammy Stone Takahashi is a Canadian writer and poet. Her short stories have appeared in journals and publications internationally, and she has been a featured writer and columnist for elephant journal and The Tattooed Buddha, writing about wellness, spirituality and the arts. Her poetry (also as Tammy T. Stone and Tammy Takahashi) has been widely published and anthologized, and her first poetry collection, Formation: Along the Ganges and Back Again, was published in 2015, by Prolific Press. Her second collection, Little Poems for Big Seasons was released in 2016, and a third, Land, was published in 2018 by Golden Dragonfly Press. Most recently, she released 110 Days of Hope and Peace. a collection of 110 poems to offer solace during the Covid-19 pandemic. She has also served as co-editor on two anthologies of spiritual poetry by women writers, including Poetry as a Spiritual Practice: Illuminating the Awakened Woman (2017). Learn more about Tammy on her website, or her blog here, or reach her through the following links:
"I am incredibly honored to be one of the two first recipients of the The Janavi Held Endowed Poetry and Art Grant. Janavi’s own work was a constant source of inspiration in its deep commitment to exploring the body/soul connection and our relationship to the divine. This grant will help me tremendously and I continue with my own quest: to understand, through the medium of poetry and other forms of writing and artistic expression, the sacred and embodied nature of our existence, which at every moment reminds us that our desire to experience truth and unconditional love will always be rewarded. This grant will help me be able to share my art freely, and reach as many people as I can with words of peace and hope. Thank you!"
~Tammy Stone Takahashi~
Maureen Kwiat Meshenberg is a prolific writer, poet and writing workshop facilitator. Maureen’s passion for writing became her heart vision in 2010. Her poetry comes to her through life’s experiences and delving deep into her soul speak. She considers writing her lightwork. Maureen is a medicine woman of words. She started her Facebok page Heart’s Calling –with more than 6,000 followers—in 2011. As a writing workshop facilitator, she brings participants to a place of inner release and creativity through the written word. Her unique use of prompts initiates transforming responses as participants find an opening to inner empowerment and enlightenment through writing. She recites her poetry at local venues and conducts writing workshops at different retreats and studios throughout the Chicago area. She has three adult children: Alexandra, Dylan and Jonah. She resides in Oak Park, Illinois and enjoys beautiful walks in her neighborhood with her beloved Shiba Inu, Tsuki. Maureen is author of Seasons of the Soul: Transitions and Shifts of Life and Our Surrendering Pause (Golden Dragonfly Press, 2020). To learn more about her work, please visit her website here.
"t is with deep gratitude and honor to be one of the first two recipients of the Janavi Held Endowed and Poetry Grant. My heart takes a deep bow to Catherine Shweig for opening a space for poetesses to share their words through Women's Spiritual Poetry. It was there that I was able to read so many beautiful poetesses words such as Janavi Held, who has left her imprint on this world and will continue to do so. This grant allows me to continue to share the words prolifically forming in my heart, to touch others deeply with my poetry. To continue the work as a Sacred Writing Workshop Facilitator, working with women to express their inner emotions through words. To continue to bring healing, love and compassion to the world through my writing and publishing my work. Thank you dearly from my heart."
Maureen Kwiat Meshenberg