Literary Arts Emergency Fund awards $3.5 million for COVID-19 relief

Literary Arts Emergency Fund awards $3.5 million for COVID-19 relief

The Literary Arts Emergency Fund, an initiative of the Academy of American Poets, the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP), and the National Book Foundation, has announced grants totaling more than $3.5 million in support of nonprofit literary arts organizations, magazines, and presses that have experienced financial losses due to COVID-19. 

Supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the fund awarded grants to two hundred and eighty-two organizations that, collectively, have reported $27.6 million in lost income in 2020 and are projecting an additional $48.1 million in losses over the next twelve months. The grantees were selected by panels at the three administering organizations that included poets Richard Blanco, Ken Chen, Ruth Ellen Kocher, Nate Marshall, and Deborah Paredez; writers and artists Andre Perry and Keren Taylor; editor Harold Augenbraum; and publisher Elda Rotor. 

Recipients include the Alice James Books in Farmington, Maine ($25,000); the Brooklyn Book Festival in Brooklyn, New York ($25,000); the Brooklyn-based Center for Black Literature ($25,000); Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend, Washington ($50,000); Los Angeles-based Get Lit – Words Ignite  ($10,000), the Los Angeles Review of Books ($15,000); North Dakota State University Press ($5,000); Boston-based literary journal Ploughshares ($10,000); the St. Louis Poetry Center ($5,000); the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival ($15,000); and White Pine Press in Buffalo, New York ($5,000).