Alice James Books to receive $30,000 grant

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FARMINGTON – Alice James Books has been approved for a $30,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support the publication of 8 poetry collections in 2022. Alice James Books’s project is among 1,073 projects across America totaling nearly $25 million that were selected during this first round of fiscal year 2021 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects funding category.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support this project from Alice James Books,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Alice James is among the arts organizations across the country that have demonstrated creativity, excellence, and resilience during this very challenging year.”

Alice James Books Executive Director & Editor, Carey Salerno said: “In this unprecedented and unsteady time, the bedrock of support provided by the NEA is essential to the continuation of AJB’s programmatic work and the work of organizations like us across the nation. Literary artists and their audiences count on us to deliver stories that matter, to help these stories be heard, and–through literature– continue to cultivate a community where everyone is welcome. The excellent works supported by this year’s grant are fundamental to the foundation of literary arts and culture in this country. We are deeply grateful to the NEA for its recognition of our work to share new art of the highest artistic merit with the public.”

This grant will help Alice James Books support the simultaneous print and electronic publication, distribution, and promotion of new works by both established and emerging writers. Scheduled authors include: Kevin Goodan, Matthew Olzmann, Omotara James, Jeffrey Thomson, Katie Marya, Aldo Amparán, J. Estanislao Lopez, and Jill McDonough. All books will be promoted via social media outlets, print exposure, and at conferences and readings around the country with the aim to cultivate creativity and artistic engagement in a broad national audience.

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Founded in 1973, Alice James Books is a distinguished independent press of national reputation dedicated to discovering and publishing exceptional poetry by established and emerging literary artists of excellence. The press puts a conscious emphasis on supporting those who might otherwise be marginalized. In doing so, we seek to offer overlooked perspectives and represent the broad range of aesthetics, poetic styles, backgrounds, and career stages characteristic to American poetry. AJB is committed to fostering collaborative partnerships with our literary artists, involving them in the production process, and helping them achieve meaningful engagement with their communities and audiences. Since 1994, the press has been a proud partner of the University of Maine at Farmington.

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