By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson
These prizes will be awarded on November 2
Jhe Community of magazines and literary presses (CLMP), a non-profit organization supporting the work of small literary publishers, will pay tribute to three personalities of independent literary publishing on November 2 during a benefit evening which will take place at the Church of the Holy Apostles in New York on Ninth Avenue.
The more than 900 member presses of the CLMP work in many formats: print and digital books, magazines, online publications, chapbooks and zines. One of the main efforts of the CLMP is to “increase the organizational capacity” of these publishers.
In its mission statement, the organization (founded in 1967) states: “The CLMP provides direct technical assistance to independent literary publishers and produces programs designed to bring together the many communities our work touches, including readers, writers, literary translators, booksellers, educators, and librarians.
“For publishers, we offer technical assistance workshops and round tables; individual consultations; access to our resource library; access to our database of publishing contacts, funders and consultants; work to build bridges between them and the many communities that care about literature through networking events and other programs.
The program will announce three awards in November at its event in New York.
- Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books & Books and co-founder of the Miami Book Fair, will receive the Energizer Award for Outstanding Acts of Literary Citizenship
- Sarah Gorham, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Books of Sarabandewill receive the CLMP Golden Colophon Award for Paradigm Literary Publishing
- A new award, the Platinum Review Award for Excellence in Literary Magazine Publishing, will be presented to Laura Pegram, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Kweli Newspaper
The three winners
Our commentary on each of the three winners is based on that provided by CLMP.
Michael Kaplan at Books & Books first opened a story in 1982 in Coral Gables, Florida. Now with five locations in South Florida, plus affiliate stores in Miami International Airport and Key West, Books & Books hosts more than 400 events a year and was named Publishers’ 2015 Bookstore of the Year. Weekly.
Kaplan also co-founded the Miami Book Fair in 1985 and continues to guide the programming team for the fair, which takes place on the campus of Miami Dade College. A literary festival aimed at the public, the fair offers programs in Creole, Spanish and English, reflecting the diversity of Miami.
Kaplan served as president of the American Booksellers Association; received the National Book Foundation Literary Award; and created the Mazur Kaplan Company to bring books to the screen. He hosts a podcast, Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplanand recently accepted an appointment to the board of the National Coalition Against Censorship.
Sarah Gorham is at nonprofit literary press Sarabande Books, which she founded in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1994 to champion poetry, short fiction, and essay.
With nearly 300 titles in print, Sarabande Books has earned a dedicated readership and a national reputation as a publisher of diverse voices and innovative forms.
The press, which received the first Small Press Publishers Award from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) in 2013, creates editions that honor exceptional writing, distributes these works internationally, and serves as an educational resource for readers, students and teachers. creative writing.
Gorham has announced that she will retire from her current position in December 2022, after which she will begin serving as Editorial Advisor and Board Member of Sarabande Books.
A recipient of grants from funding bodies including the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo and MacDowell, Gorham is also the author of Alpine Apprentice: A Memoir (University of Georgia Press, 2017) as well as four books of poetry, most recently Bad girl (Four Way Books, 2011) and The treatment (Four Way Books, 2003).
by Laura Pegram quarterly online literary journal Kweli Newspaper originally launched as a biannual publication in 2009.
Contributors have included Jeffery Renard Allen, A. Igoni Barrett, Jennine Capó Crucet, Angie Cruz, Nana-Ama Danquah, Camille T. Dungy, Martín Espada, Santee Frazier, Ru Freeman, Cristina García, Nathalie Handal, Charles Johnson, Lorna Goodison , Victor LaValle, Ed Pavlic, Quincy Troupe, Chika Unigwe, Neela Vaswani, Xu Xi and Tiphanie Yanique.
Since its creation, Kweli Newspaper has grown, also becoming a community organization of the same name dedicated to educating emerging writers of color and creating opportunities for their voices to be recognized and valued, and offering one-year writers fellowships , multi-session workshops, writing retreats, one-on-one publishing, and an annual writers conference and international festival.
Pegram is an author, educator, jazz singer and painter, and has worked at Scholastic Productions, Inc.; the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center; and the John Oliver Killens Program for Young Writers. In 2020, she received the 2020 CBC Diversity Outstanding Achievement Award.
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