Since 2009, the Amazon Literary Association has awarded more than $16 million in funding to local, regional and national organizations across the country that enable authors to create, publish, learn, teach, experiment and thrive. At Amazon, we believe in the power of words to transform lives, communities, and the world. We are honored to support these vibrant and vibrant organizations and champion writers.
From youth-focused writing programs to residency programs, publications and award programs, the Amazon Literary Society strives to support writers in their writing careers. We help organizations that promote and highlight often overlooked and underwritten writers, and connect writers with readers. We know that “it’s a village,” as they say, for writers and readers to create and publish their work, and this year we are honored to provide nearly $1 million in funding to 93 literary organizations across the country.
As part of the Amazonian Literary Society’s grant program, we continue our partnership with the Academy of American Poets on the Poetry Fund and the Community Literary Magazine and Presses (CLMP) on the Literary Magazine Fund, each of which grants more than 15 this year.
Here are some highlights from the 2023 organizations granted:
For more than a decade, the Amazon Literary Society has been the only author National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 program. “5 Under 35 spotlights authors who have become National Book Award Winners; New York sellers, and writers and producers in film and television adaptations of their respected titles, said Ruth Dickey, executive director of the National Book Foundation. Thanks to the Amazon Literary Association, 5 Under 35 is enhanced by the work of early writers we all want to follow for years.
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“Ace Indigenous Nations Poets continues to create a space for, mentoring and visibility of Indigenous writers, funding from the Amazon Literary Partnership has allowed us to expand our programming during our annual retreat and almost throughout the year,” said Kimberly M. Blaeser, Ph.D., founding director. “Among the new projects underwritten by Amazon is Penny.” Language Backworkshops, tables and lectures aimed at stimulating and facilitating the renewal of the three languages through their use in poetic art”.
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Writing in New Country for a month In 1999, he began with a simple but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. “Amazon Literary Society has been such an amazing supporter for years,” said Grant Faulkner, executive director of NaNoWriMo. “And it’s best to realize that support for the thousands and thousands of writers you’ve helped develop their voices and send their stories out into the world, which is greater than ever in the book ban we’re aiming for.”
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zoeglossia is a literary organization seeking to create a new inclusive space for poets with disabilities. Sheila Black, executive director of Zoeglossia, said that the 2019 assistant, Gaia Thomas, described the impact of the experience best. “While I was in Zoeglossia, everyone was so cold, and everyone was exhausted,” Thomas said. “I stopped hiding my disability from myself, I stopped pushing it away. If I wanted to explain, I would say that it has to do with the mind, humanity and magic.
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For years, he has supported the Amazon Literary Association Labda Literary. As Harper Zachary, director of development and engagement at Lambda, said, “We are so excited that, with the support of the ALP, we will be welcoming over 250 LGBTQ+ writers to this year’s Reception for Emerging LGBTQ+ Voices. A unique multi-gender residency studio dedicated exclusively to emerging LGBTQ+ writers.
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