National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced on November 27th that Coffee House Press is one of 832 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Coffee House Press was recommended for a $65,000 grant to support publication of seven titles in 2013 that embody our mission of enriching America’s literary heritage and celebrating the many authentic voices of the American experience.
Coffee House Press will publish sixteen new books in 2013. NEA funds will help publish seven of the new titles. The authors and books chosen for the project signal Coffee House Press’s commitment to innovation and excellence and its dedication to promoting both experienced and emerging voices. The grant will aid the publication of work by poets Sarah Fox, Eleni Sikelianos, Jack Marshall, Lightsey Darst, and Bob Holman, a novel from acclaimed author Norah Labiner, and the collected plays of the late Kenneth Koch.
“I’m proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public, including Coffee House Press’s,” said Chairman Landesman. “These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs.”
“Coffee House Press is grateful for this year’s endorsement by the NEA, and for their long-standing support of our publishing program,” said Coffee House Press Publisher Chris Fischbach. “This grant will help us to publish books that are an important part of America’s literary heritage, and to present these books to readers across America and around the world.”
In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span thirteen artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work. and presentation of both new and existing works, for the benefit of American audiences. Panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff reviewed applications, and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.
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