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Lannan issues generous $40k challenge grant to BOA Editions

image BOA is pleased to announce that the Lannan Foundation of Santa Fe, New Mexico, has issued a generous dollar-for-dollar challenge grant in the amount of $40,000 to support BOA’s 40th anniversary Major Gifts Campaign and endowment fund. Founded on July 4, 1976, BOA will mark 40 years as a publisher of contemporary poetry and literary fiction in 2016. Over these 40 years, BOA has earned an esteemed reputation as one of the nation’s premier independent presses, publishing the works of such renowned, award-winning authors as Lucille Clifton, Li-Young Lee, and Naomi Shihab Nye. In recent years, BOA authors have continued to garner numerous prestigious awards, including the 2013 James Laughlin Award for Jillian Weise and the 2015 Whiting Award for Aracelis Girmay. “An anniversary often triggers reflections on the past as well as preparations for the future,” says BOA Board Chair Jack Langerak. “Our Board of Directors has been planning a number of ways for our organization to do both. In thinking about BOA’s future, we are kicking off a year-long Major Gifts Campaign through July 4, 2016. Called ‘40 for 40,’ the goal of this campaign is to raise $40,000 to match the generous challenge grant issued by the Lannan Foundation. “A total of $80,000, this goal will provide $40,000 as a celebration of BOA’s amazing 40-year history, and $40,000 to help assure our financial stability as we step into the next 40 years.” Lannan Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity, and creativity through projects which support exceptional contemporary artists and writers. The Foundation recognizes the profound and often unquantifiable value of the creative process and is willing to take risks and make substantial investments in ambitious and experimental thinking. The Foundation supports this mission by making grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas of contemporary visual art, literature, indigenous communities, and cultural freedom. BOA Editions, Ltd. is a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning not-for-profit publisher based in Rochester, New York. Founded in 1976 by the late poet, editor, and translator A. Poulin, Jr. to provide a venue for both new and established poets to be published, BOA has released more than 300 titles, including more than two dozen books of poetry-in-translation through the Lannan Translations Selection Series.

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