Conversations from the Virtual Valley for Banned Books Week

We are pleased to present another Conversation from the Virtual Valley with ALA and PEN America in celebration of Banned Books Week.

For our second broadcast, we engage our commitment to intellectual freedom, free expression, free speech, and solidarity with organizations which defend those, especially as they relate to the creative arts, civic literacy, and social change discourse.

This forty-minute Conversation features expert activists from two of our favorite advocacy and rights organizations along with CW’s own Andrew Tonkovich. From the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom and sponsor of Banned Books Week, Ellie Diaz, Program Officer. And from PEN America, James Tager, Deputy Director of Free Expression Research and Policy, and author of groundbreaking research, analysis and recommendations, most recently the report “Literature Locked Up: How Prison Book Restriction Policies Constitute the Nation’s Largest Book Ban.”

Please watch our commemorative broadcast celebrating Banned Books Week 2020, September 27 through October 3, and visit the websites of both PEN America and the ALA for more ways to be involved.

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Literary Arts Emergency Fund Grant for the Community of Writers

We are delighted to announce the Literary Arts Emergency Fund has provided the Community of Writers a grant for $15,000 to help us weather these difficult times.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the organizers of the Fund: the directors of Academy of American Poets, the Community of Literary Magazine & Presses, and the National Book Foundation.

Read more details and a complete list of the other organizations who benefitted from these grants.