The pandemic has been such a challenge for all of us, and this funding provides enormous relief and support as we continue to serve our community.

— Matt Weinkam, Executive Director of Literary Cleveland

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 in Summer/Fall 2020, distributed $3,530,000 in emergency funding to 282 nonprofit literary arts organizations and publishers nationwide that experienced severe financial losses due to COVID-19.

In Fall 2021, the Academy of American Poets, CLMP, and the National Book Foundation announced that the Fund will re-open and distribute a total of $4,300,000 in a second round of emergency funding. The updated guidelines and application will open in November 2021. Read the full announcement here.

Apply to be a 2021-2022 Literary Arts Emergency Fund panelist by Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 5:00pm ET. Read more and apply here.

The Literary Arts Emergency Fund is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The literary arts organizations and publishers that received emergency funding in 2020 are: 

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 BlancoRuth 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

Read the full announcement here.

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