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Etruscan Press receives NEA grant to support a project to develop connections between authors and readers

DATE: November 17, 2011
CONTACt: Starr Troup

Etruscan Press receives NEA grant to support a project to develop connections between authors and readers

Grant part of NEA announcement of 863 grants and $22.543 million in funding nationwide

Wilkes-Barre, PA; Youngstown, OH—Wilkes-Barre, PA; Youngstown, OH—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman today announced that the agency will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country. Etruscan Press is one of the grantees and will receive $7,500 to expand readership through marketing initiatives building upon the inherent synergy between authors and readers. The 863 grant awards total $22.543 million, encompass 15 artistic disciplines and fields, and support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Etruscan Press’s project activities will include: creating an innovative web-based peer-mentorship program connecting authors directly to readers and other authors; expanding readership through interaction via social media; and bringing books to underserved populations through corporate connections and sponorship programs .

“Art Works is the guiding principle at the NEA,” said agency Chairman Rocco Landesman. “And I’m pleased to see that principle represented through the 823 Art Works-funded projects included in this announcement. These projects demonstrate the imaginative and innovative capacities of artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.”

“We’re excited about the possibilities available to us through this grant,” said Etruscan’s managing editor Starr Troup. “My hope is that by engaging readers through author connections we enliven discussions about the world around us.”

In March 2011, the NEA received 1,686 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $84 million in funding. The resulting funding rate of 49 percent of eligible applications reflects both the significant demand for support and the ongoing vitality of the not-for-profit arts community despite current financial challenges. Art Works grants are awarded based on the applications received by the NEA and how those applications are assessed by the review panels.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov.

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Etruscan Press Headed to the Rockies for AWP

AWP We’re looking forward to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Denver this month.

If you are planning on attending this annual literary event, come visit the Etruscan table (listed under Wilkes University). There will be an Etruscan reading on Thursday at 3:00 PM featuring Jennifer Atkinson, Bruce Bond, Michael Lind, Carol Moldaw, and J.D.Schraffenberger. Wilkes will host a reception on Thursday at 7:00 PM.


The New Etruscan Press Website

Etruscan Press is pleased to launch our newly remodeled, virtual quarters. We hope you, as an author, reader, or friend, find our redesigned website easy to navigate, full of information, and even a little fun. Have a look around and feel free to make any comments or suggestions.

During the first week or so of the site being live, there will be some ongoing work, but we didn’t want to hide behind our reshelving sign any longer!

Now, on to some personal notes. This website redesign was part of my MFA publishing internship at Wilkes University. I am so proud and happy that I was able to make this contribution to Etruscan Press. As someone who works by day in eCommerce and social media, I was thrilled at the change to use this technology hat in my other world, the literary world. I must thank fellow MFA student and Etruscan design intern, Tara Caimi for her contributions to this project. She helped shape the vision for the new site early on, as well as provided her design talent to the graphic elements of the site. And, also to the entire Etrsucan team for being patient for the unveiling. And, a big thank you to programmer Lindsey Ranaldo, who speaks code as her first language, for implementing the site design and doing all those behind the scene things that only programmers can do.

-by Donna Talarico,  Etruscan Press Web Consultant