LitNet is the only organization committed solely to advocating for the field of literature. Right now, fighting for the NEA is our top priority.
Founded in 1992 by the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses and Poets & Writers, LitNet has consistently advocated for literature’s interests within the public funding arena. In 1995, LitNet won its greatest victory by organizing a successful campaign to save NEA fellowships for writers, which were under attack at the time. These fellowships remain the only individual grants the NEA is empowered by Congress to make.
For the past two decades, this important work has been carried out by LitNet member groups relatively quietly—but no more. The current presidential administration’s funding priorities make our work both essential and urgent. We need your membership support to be able to continue this work.
Since February, we have:
- Sent regular LitNet Action Alerts to 3,600+ subscribers
- Coordinated more than twenty Congressional office and town hall visits, hundreds of phone calls, letters, and emails
- Submitted written testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations committees
- Launched Facebook and Twitter pages to keep our community informed
- Participated in monthly meetings of the Cultural Advocacy Group in Washington, D.C., which is composed of individuals from other arts and cultural groups—given the current climate we have been working more closely with our colleagues
- Participated in Arts Advocacy Day, in partnership with Americans for the Arts
- Hired contracted help to support LitNet’s advocacy work
As we look to the year ahead, we have big plans for how we will serve the literary community and grow the capacity of LitNet while doggedly defending funding for the literary arts. We aim to:
- Organize Congressional visits by authors and other artists both in Washington, D.C. and home districts
- Work with NEA fellows and LitNet members to generate letters to members of Congress, letters to the editor, and op-ed pieces
- Grow and improve the LitNet Action Alert system to keep our member network informed and to provide resources on how to act
- Make Litnet.org an increasingly more useful tool to all LitNet members
- Improve transparency through regular communication with members and develop a more clearly defined organizational structure
- Continue discussion on how to professionalize LitNet and better serve our field
We have work to do on your behalf.
With your support, we can make an even greater difference. You can become a LitNet member right now, or if you would like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We welcome your partnership.
on behalf of the LitNet Steering Committee
LITNET’S STEERING COMMITTEE
Chair: Britt Udesen | Executive Director, Loft Literary Center
Vice Chair: Jen Benka | Executive Director, Academy of American Poets
Secretary: Joe Callahan | Executive Director Emeritus, 826DC
Treasurer: Elliot Figman | Executive Director, Poets & Writers
William Johnson | Program Director, Lambda Literary
Jeffrey Lependorf | Executive Director, CLMP & SPD
Lisa Lucas | Executive Director, National Book Foundation
Paul Morris | Vice President of Programs & Outreach, Authors Guild
Debora Ott | Founding Director, LitTAP
Andrew Proctor | Executive Director, Literary Arts
Robin Reagler | Executive Director, Writers in the Schools (WITS)
Carey Salerno | Executive Editor, Alice James Books
Abby Travis | Editor, Milkweed Editions
Tony Valenzuela | Executive Director, Lambda Literary