Feminist Press to Receive $35,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts


DATE:  February 20, 2019
CONTACT: Hannah Goodwin, hannah@feministpress.org, 212-817-7929 

Feminist Press to Receive $35,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts 

New York, NY—National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $35,000 to the Feminist Press for the publication of contemporary feminist literature. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,605 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 972 grants in this category.

“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.  

Jamia Wilson, executive director and publisher of the Press, says, “The mission-critical support we receive from the NEA fuels our efforts to promote narrative change and equity within the publishing industry. Thanks to this investment in feminist literature, Feminist Press is able to uplift marginalized stories from across the globe, increase our impact, and expand our reach. Moreover, we’re breaking barriers and increasing access to sustainable literary careers for diverse authors.”

The grant will support the publication and promotion of five contemporary works of literature representing diverse experiences of feminism. Publications include three debut works: Living on the Borderlines, Melissa Michal’s short story collection exploring modern Indigenous life set in the Seneca community in upstate New York; Mars, a science fiction work in translation by a Bosnian feminist Asja Bakić; and Knitting the Fog, a bilingual narrative essay collection by Claudia D. Hernández detailing the author's family's migration from Guatemala to the United States. Other works include Arid Dreams, a social realist short story collection Duanwad Pimwana translated from the Thai; and Summer of Dead Birds, a queer novel in verse by veteran author Ali Liebegott. Books will be promoted through our website and social media platforms, traditional publicity, book fairs and touring, and new media initiatives.

For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

Lucia Brown