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The Poulin Project: Free Literature for Those Without!

Can you imagine a life with rare access to quality literature? There's nothing quite like buying a new book, cracking open the fresh binding, and digging into the insights and voices of others. In recent years, adult illiteracy rates in New York State have been an increasing concern, especially in outlying (often overlooked) counties with low per capita income levels. In an effort to reach out to these under-served communities, The Poulin Project (full name: "Al Poulin Jr. Independent Publishers Development Project"), which is named in honor of BOA's Founder, is offering free box sets of literature to Literacy, GED/ESOL and Adult Education Programs, prison writing programs, and other educational initiatives within New York State. The goal is to make accessible literature on contemporary art and culture, by offering such books free of charge to "rural and inner-city libraries, schools, and alternative reading centers nationwide". The Poulin Project is run by the DUC Library Program, alongside the New York State Council on the Arts, a large supporter of BOA's efforts as an independent publisher. Each year, BOA donates books to the project, spreading new and diverse literature into the world and getting more books into more hands. Other publishing partners helping the cause include: The Paris Review, Ugly Duckling Presse, Theatre Communications Group, Akashic Books, The Hudson Review, Seven Stories Press, and The Feminist Press, among many others. Click here to find out how to participate in the widespread outreach, and how to become a recipient of donated literature. Everyone should have access to brilliant literature, don't you think? So do we. 82780205Pamela Moore / Getty Images
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