Literary New York State (LitNYS)



COMMUNITY, LEADERSHIP, LEGACY: Sustaining Ourselves & Our Organizations was held on November 17 & 18
at Girls Write Now in New York, NY

Growing Your Nonprofit and Growing as A Person Keynote by Ken Chen

Bringing People Together: Building Community Within Our Organizations Keynote by Ama Codjoe

Leading with Heart: How Awareness of Our Style and Emotions Help Us Lead Powerpoint by Dolah Saleh

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Begins with Self Awareness Presentation by Dolah Saleh

Fundraising, Budgeting & Planning Resources from Bruce Morrow

Board Building Basics Resources from Laurie Dean Torrell

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was held on October 1 & 2 at Hotel Henry in Buffalo, NY.

Keynote Presentations
Singing in the Dark Times
by Jen Benka, President & Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets

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Poetry Privilege Power
by Patricia Spears Jones

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Navigating in 3D: Disruption, Diversity & Development was held on September 26 & 27 at Time & Space Limited in Hudson, NY.

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NEA Messaging Manual

2016 Facing Pages Notes Compilation


Even Better Together: Building Collective Vision, Capacity and Impact with keynote and facilitation by Adrian Ellis from AEA Consulting was held on May 14 & 15 in Buffalo, NY.

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You can review and download the handouts below:


Session 1:  Breakout Exercise Worksheet (Adrian Ellis)

Session 2: Getting the Message Across Worksheet (Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer)

Session 3: Managing Ourselves Worksheet (Jeffrey Lependorf)

Keynote Speech by Dr. Sarah B. Cunningham

Session 4:  Action Plan and Arguments Synopsis (Adrian Ellis)

A Short Detour (Laurie Dean Torrell)

Poet, Mentor, Presenter & Mission Moment Bios

Attendee Contact List


True Minds – Imagination to Action: Evolving Roles, Resources & Public Engagement in Literary Organizations was held on May 7 & 8 at Poets House in Battery Park, NY.

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What We Do for Love: Your Place in the Literary Landscape was held on May 16 & 17 at Queens Council on the Arts and Studio B in Astoria, NY. More than 100 attended, including many board members from across New York State to explore board engagement and fundraising.

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Apple, Core and Pie – Thriving in the New Normal: Business as Unusual was held on May 7 & 8 at Poets House in Battery Park, NY. Click Here for Facing Pages Registration Packet


Telling Your Story: How to Focus Your Marketing for Bigger Audiences and Articulate Your Mission for Better Fundraising was held on May 16 at The Center for Fiction in NY.

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Beyond the Tangled Web: Envisioning a Comprehensive Technology Strategy for Your Literary Organization was held on October 30 at Poets House in Battery Park, NY.


To help us navigate this complicated and ever-changing world of technology, we asked Veronica Liu of Steven Stories Press and Billy Merrell of the Academy of American Poets to provide us with a toolkit: a list of resources to help get you started as you plan your literary organization’s technology strategy. In this toolkit Veronica explains various methods for presenting audio and video on your web site, how to archive print content on your site, how to file share in the office, and email marketing options.

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