Wendy’s Subway, a non-profit reading room, writing space, and independent publisher located in the Bushwick neighborhood of New York City has provided a versatile platform for expanding modes of reading, writing, and publishing since its inception in 2013. Dedicated to encouraging creative, critical, and discursive engagement with arts and literature, and committed to the belief that equitable access to reading and collaborative forms of knowledge-production are catalysts for social transformation, it offers free readings, talks, residencies, performances, writing workshops and more. In its programmatic initiatives, it strives to support emerging and underrepresented writers and artists, particularly those who are BIPOC, LGBTQ, disabled, and neurodivergent, whose work builds community with diverse audiences. Programs take place with partnering institutions or in the Bushwick storefront, home to a non-circulating library of over 3,000 titles, with a specific focus on independent and small press publishing in art, literature, and critical theory.
“The Warhol Foundation aims to support the full range of artistic activity in America—from exhibitions at major museums to neighborhood projects by artist collectives. Arts writers, through the range and specialization of their individual interests, touch upon all of this activity—illuminating and interrogating it and bringing it into conversation with the public. Support for artists is not complete without support for the circulation and serious consideration of their ideas. The Arts Writers Grant program keeps artists at the center of cultural dialogue and debate—in our opinion, right where they belong.”
Joel Wachs, President