Literary New York State (LitNYS)

News & Events


Sunday, 9/18 – Tuesday 9/20   We can’t wait to see you in-person
at Beekman Arms & Delamater Inn, 6387 Mill St., Rhinebeck NY 12572

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A total of $80,000 in regrants will be announced in July 2022.
AdvancementRegrants are awarded to support thoughtful development and expanded capacity within literary arts organizations that produce excellent work and need help to increase and sustain their capacity as institutions. The opportunity to submit applications is typically January-March, with new regrant opportunities posted here, and distributed field-wide.

LitNYS, a coalition of New York State literary arts nonprofit organizations, is pleased to announce a total of $60,000 in Advancement Regrant awards to nine literary arts organizations throughout New York State. The 2021 Advancement Regrant recipients are:

BOA Editions, Rochester, NY: $10,000
For the production and marketing of six books within the BOA Audiobook Series.

The Community of Literary Magazines & Presses, New York, NY: $10,000
To upgrade outdated office computers.

n+1 Foundation, Brooklyn, NY: $7,500
For website upgrades that ensure ADA accessibility and increased reader engagement.

Poetry Society of America, New York, NY: $7,500
For website refreshment to address questions of equity and social justice, and to ensure access regardless of age or ability.

Teachers and Writers Collaborative, Brooklyn, NY: $7,500
For website redesign to ease access to lesson plans and articles and essays on teaching writing; create a platform for student writing; and archive 47-years of the TWC magazine.

Electric Lit, Brooklyn, NY: $5,000
To make the Virtual Salon Series of events, developed during Covid, into a permanent offering.

Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY: $5,000
To purchase an AV Technology system for in-person and virtual hybrid programming.

Nightboat Books, Brooklyn, NY: $5,000
To increase diversity and access in the field of literary publishing by establishing a BIPOC Editorial Fellowship Program.

Wendy’s Subway. Brooklyn, NY: $2,500
For developing a comprehensive domestic and international distribution strategy to support the circulation of authors’ work and reach wider audiences and readerships.

Launched in 2013, the Advancement Program has awarded sixty-four (64) capacity building regrants of $2,500-$10,000 to date, distributing $330,000 to the field.

PDF Advancement Awards Press Release


As NYS-based Literary organizations, we have collectively embraced the goal of proactively positioning New York State’s non-profit literary arts organizations as a priority for public, private & philanthropic investment and engagement. We know that historically Literature has been the least funded arts discipline and we are committed to working for advancement. Our ultimate goal is long- term: increased funding; increased visibility; parity with other arts disciplines; and increased capacity to support the work of writers and bring the best literary arts programs and services possible to all of our communities.

Each year, LitNYS provides essential support to more than 50 NYS literary presenters–strengthening their capacity to foster, promote, and present literature. This support includes technical assistance, networking, information sharing, regrants, mentoring and hosting the annual FACING PAGES Statewide Literary Arts Convening. LitNYS is committed to strengthening New York State’s literary arts field by building the individual capacity of its presenters and working collectively to elevate visibility of and support for the field of Literature as a whole.

About Us

LitNYS is a statewide initiative administered by Just Buffalo Literary Center which supports NY state nonprofit literary arts organizations through peer-mentoring, advancement regrants, an annual statewide literary arts convening and other resources needed to self-sustain and thrive. Debora Ott is LitNYS founding director and lead consultant. The project is supported with lead funding from New York State Council on the Arts.


Debora Ott
LitNYS Founding Director
Laurie Dean Torrell
LitNYS Project Administrator