The NDSU Press has received a $15,000 grant from the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, which is administered by the Academy of American Poets, the Community of Literary Magazine and Presses and the National Book Foundation. In total, the fund has granted $4.3 million to 313 nonprofit literary arts organizations and publishers across the U.S. that have experienced continued financial losses due to COVID-19.
“Of the 313 presses receiving support, we are one of only seven university presses, including the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison, Letras Latinas at University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies and the University of Arizona Poetry Center,” said Suzzanne Kelley, NDSU Press editor in chief. “With paper shortages, higher costs and delays in printing and shipping, and multiple disruptions in the supply chain, we at NDSU Press are tasked daily to overcome industry challenges and expenses. This important one-time grant provides sure footing for our future.”
The Literary Arts Emergency Fund was made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.
“These grants are vital because the impact of the emergency of COVID-19 remains very present in our lives,” said Elizabeth Alexander, Mellon Foundation president. “Throughout the United States, readers, writers, poets, students and teachers rely on our country’s vibrant ecosystem of literary magazines, presses and organizations – they reveal the power and the possibility of the literary arts to the broader public.”
The 313 literary organizations and publishers supported by the fund published 11,965 literary works, produced 30,201 events and reached 210,055,047 audience members last year.
The NDSU Press has given a voice to regional authors and poets for more than 70 years. Its dual mission is to publish scholarly and literary books and to provide experiential learning for the next generation of publishers. NDSU Press operates under the umbrella of the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies.
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