To Our Friends,
July 1, 2016 — June 30, 2017 traversed the start of our 50th Anniversary Year and represents growth in several areas. We worked toward achieving our five key goals—raising the organizational capacity of small literary publishers, helping them to connect writers with readers, facilitating group action, advocating on behalf of our constituents, and generating value for the field—and significantly developed new programs and approaches along the way. Our programs and services directly benefited some 400 member publishers; a public audience of more than 7,500; and an indirect audience of readers, writers, librarians, booksellers, and other literary stakeholders numbering in the many thousands. 44 new publishers joined over the course of the year.
Year-round, CLMP provided technical assistance to publishers through workshops, clinics, and roundtables; conferences; one-on-one mentorships, both in-person and virtually (the core of our work), and facilitation of peer-to-peer learning. We provided guidance in various publishing best practices, helped strategize adaptive responses to the ever-evolving publishing ecosystem, and offered help toward improving non-profit management. We brought our publishers together in conversation to address shared concerns about the field and generate practical responses. Our Literary Writers Conference, which helps emerging writers maneuver the complexities of publishing, experienced record attendance. As CLMP has done since 1997, we offered the New York State Technical Assistance Program (NYSCA NYTAP), providing focused services to some 150 publishers throughout New York State. Through a special Workforce Development grant from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council, we were also able to have Alison Meyers, retired Executive Director of Cave Canem, join us as our part-time Development Director in January of 2017, allowing us to launch a number of new fundraising initiatives that have been yielding tremendous results as we moved into FY18.
CLMP’s FY17 public programs helped raise the profile of independently produced literature through innovative public events, such as our second annual Read & Feed Festival of Literature and Food, and through trenchant panel discussions such as those we presented at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference. We added many publications to our innovative Lit Mag Adoption program for MFA writing candidates and numerous new resources to our online technical assistance Library. We continued to recognize excellence in the areas of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and literary magazines with our Firecracker Awards, this year adding a new honor, the Lord Nose Award, given in recognition of a lifetime of remarkable publishing.
Throughout the year, CLMP’s team maintained online databases, moderated listservs, delivered networking opportunities, and published expert technical assistance documents. Finally, our 50th Anniversary Gala brought enjoyed a moving evening, record response and a sold-out event.
Please read on to learn more about CLMP activities, our stakeholders, and community in FY17!
Jeffrey Lependorf, Executive Director