Amazon’s Literary Partnership’s 2023 US Beneficiaries

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‘To expand our thinking, advance our empathy,’ the Amazon Literary Partnership announces almost $1 million in grants to nonprofits.

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By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

The United States Program Opened in 2009
In June, we covered the announcement from London of Amazon’s Literary Partnership’s 35 grantees in the United Kingdom.

That’s the Amazon UK edition of the program started in 2019, a very similar charitable effort to the United States’ program opened in 2009 by Amazon under the direction at the time of Jon Fine. In the States, the number of recipients reached 74 in 2022.

This year, the roster grew even more, with the US Amazon Literary Partnership naming 93 nonprofit organizations and companies which are, as Amazon describes it, “working to empower diverse, marginalized, and underrepresented voices, helping writers to create, publish, learn, teach, experiment, and thrive in 2023 and beyond.”

Since its inception, the program has provided more than US$16 million in funding to 160 organizations. Recipients are based in more than 40 of the American market’s 50 states.

First-time beneficiaries of the program this year number 14 and they include BidounSinister WisdomBeloit Poetry JournalContratiempoInsideOut Literary Arts, and We Need Diverse Books.

In a prepared statement released with the news of this year’s grantees, the program’s senior manager,

For a fifth year, the program has worked with the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP) and the Academy of American Poets to make selections of at least 15 grantees in literary magazines and poetry organizations respectively.

Alexandra Woodworth

In a prepared statement, the program’s senior manager, Al Woodworth is quoted, saying, “It’s an honor to support these vital and vibrant institutions that work every day to make sure writers get the support they need—whether that’s in workshops or residency programs, or connecting them with readers through publication, events, and awards programming.

“At Amazon, we believe in the power of the written word to expand our thinking, advance our empathy, and change our world.

“We’re grateful for the incredible work that these organizations do to champion writers and their stories.”

Mary Gannon

Referring to the ongoing participation of CLMP in the literary-magazine beneficiaries group, Mary Gannon, the organization’s executive director, says, “CLMP is extremely grateful to the Amazon Literary Partnership for providing critical funding to literary magazines, which, like all publishers, continue to face ongoing challenges, but with fewer resources and staff.

“Essential to the publishing ecosystem, literary magazines have shown resilience and innovation, fueled by their commitment to writers and to the transformative power of literature.”

And at the Academy of American Poets, the group’s president and executive director, Ricardo Maldonado says, “Since 2019, the Academy of American Poets has joined forces with the Amazon Literary Partnership to support the tireless work of poetry presses and organizations across the nation.

“The 17 recipients of the 2023 poetry fund speak to the power poetry has at the grassroots level.

“We’re extremely grateful for the contributions they continue to make in our communities by fostering direct engagement between poetry and its readers, asking us to commit ourselves to more compassionate and engaged futures.”

And one of the most interesting factors in the funding program from Amazon provided to writer-supportive programs—this year almost $1 million—is to hear members of the publishing community understandably praise Amazon for its generosity. The relationship of “our friends in Seattle,” as some in publishing refer with dry irony to the retailer, is rarely warm.

Grant Faulkner

But in the new grants’ announcement, Grant Faulkner, the executive director of NaNoWriMo says, “The best way to conceive of that support is through the thousands and thousands of writers Amazon Literary Partnership has helped to believe in their stories, develop their voices, and put their stories into the world—something that’s more important than ever given the book-banning efforts we’re facing.

“The progress of our world can be measured in the stories that are told, and we need to encourage and nourish more stories, especially from those who have been marginalized.”

Amazon Literary Partnership Recipients: USA, 2023

An asterisk (*) denotes a new grantee.

Literary Magazine 2023 Recipients
Poetry 2023 Recipients

More on Amazon’s Literary Partnership program is here.

More from Publishing Perspectives on Amazon is here, more on the Amazon Literary Partnership program is here, and more on issues around the work of authors is here. More on the United States’ book market is here, and more on issues in diversity and inclusion is here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.