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Melissa Hall on BOA's Annual Campaign

[caption id="attachment_266" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Board member Glenn William and Melissa Hall sign annual campaign letters"]Board member Glenn William and Melissa Hall sign annual campaign letters[/caption] For the past three weeks the BOA board, staff, interns, and I have been signing letters, and stuffing and sealing envelopes for our annual campaign. With book sales only funding 40% of our budget, the annual campaign is an extremely important source of funding for us. This year we are honored to have former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Charles Simic serve as our Honorary Campaign Chair. Charles Simic included the following note in our campaign materials: “I was delighted to join the BOA Editions’ roster of authors and translators in 2009. My translation of distinguished Serbian poet Novica Tadic joined BOA’s 33 year tradition of publishing the best in American and international literature. Simply put, BOA remains one of this country’s most important literary publishers. It is my pleasure to serve as BOA’s 2009 Honorary Campaign Chair. If you have supported BOA with donations in the past, I encourage you to do so again. If you haven’t, there is no better –and necessary—time than now to give.” Please consider contributing to our campaign this year. With every gift of $125 you will be listed on the colophon page of one 2010 BOA title of your choice. In addition you will receive a copy of each title you support. As a not-for-profit independent publisher, we depend on you to help us continue our mission of fostering readership and bringing high quality literature to the public. The board, staff, and I, along with my paper cut and bandaged fingers, thank you for thinking of us.

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Annual Campaign Letter

“In such dark times, we all need to shine—

each to each, with what light we have…

Cecilia Woloch – BOA Poet

With your help, BOA Editions will continue to shine the light of poetry and literature, a light of hope, as we enter the new decade. For 33 years, BOA has fostered and shared hope through the words of its poets and writers. In 2009, BOA books and authors received notice in more than 200 newspapers, magazines, journals, and literary websites. Our authors read their work all over the country; indeed, all over the world. BOA’s poems are frequently featured on Garrison Keillor’s radio program “The Writers Almanac.” BOA books have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. With BOA’s focus on identifying, cultivating and publishing the work of emerging poets, this year we are particularly proud of Janice N. Harrington, a BOA Poulin Contest winner, whose first BOA poetry collection, Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone, received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award (given to “a first book by a poet of genuine promise”) and the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award (“in honor of the special contributions women writers make to our culture and society”). With all this good news and so much to look forward to in our 34th year as an independent not-for-profit literary publisher, BOA recently launched a blog at The blog features the latest BOA news and video and audio clips of our authors, as well as reviews, letters, and other treasures from BOA’s publishing archives. We hope you welcome the opportunity to support BOA. Your tax-deductible contribution will help ensure that BOA books reach and inspire current and future poetry lovers and readers. Please support BOA and shine on.


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