Literary Arts Emergency Fund Awards More than $3.5 Million to 282 Organizations, Magazines, and Presses across the US in Historic Relief Effort

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New York, NY (September 15, 2020)— The Literary Arts Emergency Fund, launched and administered by the Academy of American Poets, the Community of Literary Magazine & Presses (CLMP), and the National Book Foundation, will be distributing $3,530,000 million in emergency funding to 282 nonprofit literary arts organizations, magazines, and presses across the nation that have experienced severe financial losses due to COVID-19. The organizations and presses to receive support reported $27,635,559 in financial losses to date and are projecting $48,137,391 in financial losses in the year ahead. 

Leaders of the three organizations—Jennifer Benka, Mary Gannon, and Lisa Lucas—united to raise funds and establish the Literary Arts Emergency Fund in response to the lack of institutional support for the nonprofit organizations and presses that sustain literary culture in the U.S. by presenting poets and writers at events and by publishing and distributing thousands of poems, stories, and essays in books, magazines, and through open online archives. They also employ writers as teaching artists who bring literature into classrooms; offer workshops, festivals, and conferences; support the creative practice of poets and writers by providing millions of dollars in grants and fellowships; and honor the achievements of poets and writers, giving their work visibility. Together, these organizations reach more than 75 million readers each year.

The Literary Arts Emergency Fund was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and applications were open to eligible organizations, magazines, and presses from July 17 to August 7, 2020.  

The administering organizations convened three separate grantmaking panels to make recommendations for the final award decisions. The panelists were: 

At the Academy of American Poets: Richard Blanco, Ruth Ellen Kocher, and Deborah Paredez

At CLMP: Harold Augenbraum, Nate Marshall, and Elda Rotor

At the National Book Foundation: Ken Chen, Andre Perry, and Keren Taylor

The literary arts organizations, magazines, and presses receiving emergency funding are: 

Arte Publico Press

$50,000

Bookmarks

$50,000

Cave Canem Foundation, Inc

$50,000

Center for the Art of Translation

$50,000

Coffee House Press

$50,000

Copper Canyon Press

$50,000

Feminist Press

$50,000

Lambda Literary Foundation

$50,000

Small Press Distribution

$50,000

The Loft Literary Center

$50,000

The Center for Fiction

$50,000

Urban Word NYC

$50,000

Writers in the Schools

$50,000

Youth Speaks

$50,000

Alice James Books

$25,000

Archipelago Books

$25,000

Asian American Writers' Workshop

$25,000

Bellevue Literary Press

$25,000

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center

$25,000

Brooklyn Book Festival, Inc.

$25,000

CantoMundo

$25,000

City of Asylum Pittsburgh

$25,000

Gemini Ink

$25,000

Graywolf Press

$25,000

Herstory Writers Workshop Inc.

$25,000

Just Buffalo Literary Center, Inc.

$25,000

Kundiman, Inc.

$25,000

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies

$25,000

Literary Arts

$25,000

McSweeney's Publishing

$25,000

Mizna

$25,000

Northwestern University Press

$25,000

Nuyorican Poets Cafe Inc.

$25,000

Open Letter Books

$25,000

Poets & Writers, Inc.

$25,000

Red Hen Press

$25,000

Center for Black Literature

$25,000

Restless Books

$25,000

Split This Rock

$25,000

The Muse Writers Center

$25,000

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation

$25,000

Wesleyan University Press

$25,000

Woodland Pattern Book Center

$25,000

Zoeglossia

$25,000

A Gathering of the Tribes

$15,000

A Public Space

$15,000

African Voices Communications, Inc.

$15,000

Aspen Words

$15,000

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

$15,000

Authors Guild Foundation, Inc.

$15,000

Autumn House Press

$15,000

Bamboo Ridge Press

$15,000

BOA Editions, Ltd.

$15,000

Boston Book Festival

$15,000

Bowery Arts and Science, Ltd.

$15,000

Charis Circle, Inc

$15,000

Children's Book Project

$15,000

ConTextos

$15,000

Etruscan Press

$15,000

Foundation for the Future of Literature and Literacy

$15,000

Get Lit!

$15,000

In-Na-Po, Indigenous Nations' Poets

$15,000

Inprint

$15,000

InsideOut Literary Arts

$15,000

Kaya Press

$15,000

Kore Press Institute

$15,000

Kweli Journal Inc

$15,000

Los Angeles Review of Books

$15,000

Louisville Story Program

$15,000

Mass Poetry

$15,000

Miami Book Fair

$15,000

Milkweed Editions

$15,000

Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop

$15,000

O, Miami

$15,000

PEN America

$15,000

Poets House

$15,000

Antenna

$15,000

Sarabande Books

$15,000

Sibling Rivalry Press

$15,000

Simpson Literary Project

$15,000

Small Press Traffic

$15,000

Southern Word

$15,000

Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts at Bucknell University

$15,000

Teachers and Writers Collaborative

$15,000

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

$15,000

Texas Book Festival

$15,000

The American Literary Translators Association

$15,000

Blair Publishing

$15,000

The Community of Writers

$15,000

The Moth

$15,000

The Oxford American Literary Project

$15,000

Two Dollar Radio

$15,000

University of Pittsburgh Press

$15,000

Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation

$15,000

American Short Fiction, Inc.

$10,000

Aunt Lute Books

$10,000

Behind the Book

$10,000

Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln - African Poetry Book Fund

$10,000

Buckeye Book Fair

$10,000

California Poets in the Schools

$10,000

Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning

$10,000

CavanKerry Press

$10,000

Chapter 510 & the Dept of Make Believe

$10,000

Chicago Humanities Festival

$10,000

City Arts & Lectures

$10,000

CityLit Project

$10,000

Common Foundation, Inc / The Common

$10,000

contratiempo nfp

$10,000

Dominican Writers Association Inc

$10,000

Driftless Writing Center

$10,000

DSTL Arts

$10,000

Electric Lit, Inc.

$10,000

Virginia Children's Book Festival

$10,000

Every Child a Reader

$10,000

Four Way Books

$10,000

Get Lit – Words Ignite

$10,000

Girls Write Now, Inc.

$10,000

Greensboro Literary Organization

$10,000

Gulf Coast Journal

$10,000

Hanging Loose Press

$10,000

Highlights Foundation

$10,000

House of SpeakEasy

$10,000

Indiana Writers Center

$10,000

Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature

$10,000

Keep St. Pete Lit

$10,000

Kenyon Review

$10,000

Libros Schmibros

$10,000

Lighthouse Writers Workshop

$10,000

Mad Creek Books/The Ohio State University Press

$10,000

Mississippi Book Festival

$10,000

n+1 foundation

$10,000

BOMB Magazine

$10,000

Nightboat Books

$10,000

Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry

$10,000

NY Writers Coalition Inc.

$10,000

Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora under The Board of Trustees of Illinois State University

$10,000

Omnidawn Publishing, Inc

$10,000

Open Books, Ltd.

$10,000

Ploughshares

$10,000

Poetry Society of America

$10,000

RADAR Productions

$10,000

Rain Taxi

$10,000

San Antonio Book Festival

$10,000

Semiotext(e) Limited

$10,000

Short Run Seattle

$10,000

Siglio Press

$10,000

Slice Literary, Inc.

$10,000

So Say We All

$10,000

SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest)

$10,000

Street Poets Inc

$10,000

The Cabin

$10,000

The Litquake Foundation

$10,000

The Paris Review Foundation, Inc.

$10,000

The Podium Foundation / Podium RVA

$10,000

The Poetry Project

$10,000

The Telling Room

$10,000

The Writer's Center/Poet Lore

$10,000

The Writers Grotto

$10,000

Transit Books

$10,000

Tulsa Literary Coalition and Magic City Books

$10,000

Twelve Literary Arts

$10,000

Ugly Duckling Presse, Ltd.

$10,000

University of Arizona Poetry Center / University of Arizona Foundation

$10,000

Wick Poetry Center

$10,000

Word Up Community Bookshop / Seven Stories Institute

$10,000

 

Wordcrafters in Eugene / Writers in the Schools

$10,000

Words Without Borders

$10,000

The American Poetry Review

$10,000

Write Around Portland

$10,000

YMCA of Greater Syracuse - The Downtown Writer’s Center

$10,000

Young Chicago Authors

$10,000

ZYZZYVA

$10,000

3 Hole Press

$5,000

826 Boston

$5,000

826 MSP

$5,000

826DC

$5,000

Adirondack Center for Writing

$5,000

Airlie Press

$5,000

Alaska Quarterly Review

$5,000

Alternative Field

$5,000

Apogee Journal

$5,000

Appalachia Book Company

$5,000

Backbone Press

$5,000

Conjunctions Literary Magazine

$5,000

Belladonna Series

$5,000

Belt Media Collaborative

$5,000

River Styx

$5,000

Birds, LLC

$5,000

Black Ink Book Festival

$5,000

Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Prairie Schooner

$5,000

Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review

$5,000

Bright Hill Press, Inc.

$5,000

Brink Literacy Project

$5,000

Brooklyn Poets, Inc.

$5,000

Cambodian American Literary Arts Association

$5,000

Catamaran Literary Reader

$5,000

CHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth

$5,000

Chicago Poetry Center

$5,000

Cleveland State University Poetry Center

$5,000

Colorado Review/Center for Literary Publishing

$5,000

Creative Nonfiction Foundation

$5,000

Cuatrogatos Foundation, Inc.

$5,000

Deep Center

$5,000

Deep Vellum Publishing

$5,000

Epiphany Magazine

$5,000

Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam

$5,000

Fence Magazine, Inc.

$5,000

Fishtrap

$5,000

Foglifter Press

$5,000

Free Verse Project

$5,000

Futurepoem Inc.

$5,000

Guernica Magazine

$5,000

Hudson Valley Writers Center

$5,000

In Full Color

$5,000

Indolent Books

$5,000

Inside Literature

$5,000

Kallisto Gaia Press

$5,000

Kansas Authors Club

$5,000

LibroMobile Arts Coop

$5,000

Literary Cleveland

$5,000

Literary Freedom Project

$5,000

The Southern Review and LSU Press

$5,000

Madison Reading Project

$5,000

Makara Center for the Arts

$5,000

MAKE Literary Productions, NFP

$5,000

Manic D Press

$5,000

Missoula Writing Collaborative

$5,000

Montana Book Festival

$5,000

National Youth Foundation

$5,000

Nebraska Writers Collective

$5,000

New Letters Magazine

$5,000

New Orleans Poetry Festival

$5,000

Nomadic Press

$5,000

North Dakota State University Press

$5,000

Northern Arizona Book Festival

$5,000

One Book One New Orleans

$5,000

One Story, Inc.

$5,000

Pen Parentis

$5,000

Perugia Press

$5,000

Philippine American Writers and Artists

$5,000

Pleiades Magazine / Pleiades Press

$5,000

Poetic Research Bureau

$5,000

Poetry Flash

$5,000

Poetry Society of New York

$5,000

Poetry Society of Virginia

$5,000

Polyphony Lit

$5,000

Room Project

$5,000

Ruminate Magazine

$5,000

San Francisco Writers Conference and Writing for Change Worldwide

$5,000

San Francisco Zine Fest

$5,000

Shout Mouse Press, Inc.

$5,000

Sinister Wisdom

$5,000

Skagit River Festival

$5,000

St. Louis Poetry Center

$5,000

Stories Matter Foundation

$5,000

Sundress Publications

$5,000

Switchback Books

$5,000

Lost Horse Press

$5,000

The Beloit Poetry Journal Foundation Inc.

$5,000

The DreamYard Project, Inc.

$5,000

The Massachusetts Review

$5,000

The Missouri Review

$5,000

The National Poetry Series

$5,000

The Offing

$5,000

The Point Magazine

$5,000

The Seventh Wave

$5,000

The Threepenny Review

$5,000

The Writer's Garret

$5,000

Third World Press Foundation

$5,000

Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural

$5,000

Triple Canopy

$5,000

Tupelo Press, Inc.

$5,000

Underground Writing

$5,000

Undocupoets

$5,000

New York State Writers Institute

$5,000

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts

$5,000

Rose O'Neill Literary House

$5,000

White Pine Press

$5,000

Women in Comics Collective International

$5,000

Write Now! SF Bay

$5,000

YALLFest

$5,000

Young, Black & Lit

$5,000

About the Academy of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets is the nation’s leading champion of poets and poetry with supporters in all fifty states. Founded in 1934, the organization produces Poets.org, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; originated and organizes National Poetry Month; publishes the popular Poem-a-Day series and American Poets magazine; provides award-winning resources to K–12 educators, including the Teach This Poem series; administers the American Poets Prizes; hosts an annual series of poetry readings and special events; and coordinates a national Poetry Coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture. Through its prize program, the organization annually awards more funds to individual poets than any other organization, giving a total of $1,250,000 to more than 200 poets at various stages of their careers. This year, in response to the global health crisis, the Academy joined six other national organizations to launch Artist Relief, a multidisciplinary coalition of arts grantmakers and a consortium of foundations working to provide resources and funding to the country’s individual poets, writers, and artists who are impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In another similar effort, the Academy, along with two other literary arts organizations—the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses and the National Book Foundation—established the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, which will grant emergency relief funding to magazines, presses, and literary arts organizations across the U.S. that have experienced financial losses as a result of the pandemic.

About CLMP
The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) ensures a vibrant, diverse literary landscape by helping mission-driven independent literary magazines and presses thrive. We provide publishers with funding and technical assistance; facilitate peer-to-peer learning and group action; serve as a dependable, essential hub for best practices, resources, and nurturing community support; and build bridges to connect publishers with other groups of literary stakeholders, including readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, educators, presenting organizations, and funders. Along with directly serving 500+ member-publishers located in almost every state in the country, CLMP administers the Lit Mag Adoption program, which provides to educators and students discounted literary magazine subscriptions for use in the classroom; an annual Indie Lit Fair, featuring magazines and presses at the PEN World Voices Festival; the Literary Writers Conference, a two-day professional development event for writers held every December in New York City; and the annual Firecracker Awards for Independently Published Literature, which celebrate magazines and books that make a significant contribution to our literary culture. To learn more about CLMP, visit clmp.org/about.

About the National Book Foundation
The mission of the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, is to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture. The Foundation approaches this work from three programmatic angles: Awards & Honors, recognizing exceptional authors, literature, and literary programs; Education & Access initiatives, helping young and adult readers develop a lifelong passion for books; and Public Programs, bringing acclaimed authors to communities nationwide to engage in conversations about books and the power of literature as a tool for understanding our world, cultivating meaningful discourse around the issues of our age. Information on all of the Foundation’s programs can be found online at nationalbook.org.

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