Mary Gannon, Executive Director
(212) 741-9110 x14 / [email protected]
June 10, 2020 (New York, NY)—The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) is pleased to announce that it will receive a $67,000 Art Works grant in the literature category from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). NEA Chairman Mary Ann Carter has approved more than $84 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2020. One of 1,015 awarded in this category, the grant will support CLMP’s core programs, which provide in-person and online technical assistance to more than 400 independent literary publishers, including presses, chapbook publishers, magazines, and journals, located across the country.
“These awards demonstrate the resilience of the arts in America, showcasing not only the creativity of their arts projects but the organizations’ agility in the face of a national health crisis,” said NEA Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “We celebrate organizations like CLMP for providing opportunities for learning and engagement through the arts in these times.”
“We are deeply grateful to the NEA for its continued and critical support of CLMP’s efforts to help build the capacity and sustainability of mission-driven independent literary publishers,” said CLMP Executive Director Mary Gannon. “Independent literary publishers make up an underserved, uniquely vulnerable and essential field that need support now more than ever.”
Through its core programs and services CLMP provides guidance and instruction in such areas as marketing, audience development, and business management and fundraising, and facilitates relationship-building between independent literary publishers and other communities of literary stakeholders.
For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
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 400+ 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.