Dzanc Books receives NEA grant to support the publication and promotion of new books of fiction and eBook rEprints
Grant one of 832 Art Works grants totaling $23.3 million in funding nationwide
Westland, MI— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced yesterday that Dzanc Books is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Dzanc Books is recommended for a $25,000 grant to support the publication and promotion of new books of fiction and eBook reprints. Scheduled authors include Stephen Dixon, Robert Coover, and Ellen Gilchrist. Dzanc Books will publish new print books by Roy Kesey, Merrill Joan Gerber, Eugene Marten, David Ohle, and Jason Ockert; as well as eBooks from Jonathan Baumbach, Abby Frucht, J. Robert Lennon, Greg Johnson, and Michael Martone, among others.
"I'm proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including Dzanc Books," 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."
"Dzanc has had the great good fortune of working with some of the best writers of all time and in so doing it has been a fully rewarding experience for us to see both debut authors, as well as such writers as Coover, Dixon, Gerber, Baumbach and Gilchrist, have their works discovered and rediscovered by the reading public," noted Dan Wickett, co-founder and director of Dzanc Books. "We thank the NEA for this grant as well as in general. Their support of independent houses such as Dzanc Books, and the fight for contemporary writers in an increasingly commercial publishing world is a wonderful thing."
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 13 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. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.
Dzanc Books was created in 2006 to advance great writing and to impact communities nationally with our efforts to advance literary readership and advocacy of creative writing workshops and readings offered across the country. As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, Dzanc publishes innovative fiction, supports several editorially independent imprints and literary journals, provides low-cost writing instruction to beginning and emerging writers by connecting them with accomplished authors through the innovative Dzanc Creative Writing Sessions, runs a writers-in-residence program that puts published authors in public schools, awards an annual prize to support a writer whose work shows literary excellence and who is engaged in community service, and organizes a writing conference held in Portugal.
For more information on Dzanc Books and its mission, imprints, books, authors, awards, and programs, please visit www.dzancbooks.org. Contact: Dan Wickett, Executive Director & Publisher (firstname.lastname@example.org).