The Amazon Literary Partnership, which provides grants to innovative nonprofit literary organizations, has awarded $1 million in support to 66 literary nonprofits around the country. In addition, ALP has awarded grants of $120,000 each to the Academy of American Poets and to the Community of Literary Presses and Magazines, to be used to fund more than a dozen literary organizations supporting poetry groups and literary magazines. The Academy of American Poets and CLMP will announce the recipients of the newly established Poetry Fund and Literary Magazine Fund grants at a later date.
Among this year’s 66 recipients are the National Book Foundation, Words Without Borders, the Center for Black Literature, the Lambda Literary’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, and the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation. A complete of the 66 recipient organizations is available on the ALP website.
The ALP has distributed more than $12 million in grant funding since 2009, benefiting more than 150 literary organizations. The grants are focused on expanding the diversity of literary voices and support a variety of nonprofit platforms for writing, among them residencies, fellowships, writing centers, and publishers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
National Book Foundation executive director Lisa Lucas said the ALP’s support was critical to the work of the NBF’s 5 Under 35 writing program. "Without the generous, ongoing support of the Amazon Literary Partnership, 5 Under 35 simply wouldn’t be possible given the current funding landscape for the literary arts," Lucas said. "ALP is fundamental to the work of so many national literary organizations."