Words without Borders announces a $45,000 grant from Amazon.com to fund translator and author costs.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Information
Contact: Joshua Mandelbaum, Executive Director
Organization Name: Words without Borders
E-mail Address: joshua@wordswithoutborders.org
Web site Address: http://wordswithoutborders.org

Words without Borders announces a $45,000 grant from Amazon.com to fund translator and author costs.

New York City, New York ,March 13, 2012—Words without Borders (WWB) announces the renewal of a generous grant from Amazon.com underwriting the costs of publication for 2012.

Words without Borders is a nonprofit organization and monthly online magazine dedicated to the translation, publication, and promotion of literature in translation. Each month we publish ten to fifteen new pieces of literature in translation from around the globe. Renewed for a second year, the grant from Amazon.com will underwrite the author and translator fees for all twelve issues of Words without Borders: The Online Magazine of International Literature in 2012, including upcoming issues on the Mexican Drug War, Kashmir, and censored Chinese writers.

This marks the fifth grant from Amazon.com to Words without Borders. They are the organization’s second largest funder.

Joshua Mandelbaum, WWB’s executive director, stated, “Amazon.com’s renewal of this generous grant supporting our authors and translators continues to propel the growth of Words without Borders, including the development of an education program that assists high school teachers in using WWB content in the classroom.”

In addition to WWB, Amazon.com has awarded grants to a diverse range of not-for-profit organizations dedicated to fostering the creation, discussion, and publication of new writing and new voices, including the Council for Literary Magazines & Presses, , Poets & Writers, WriteGirl, 826 Seattle, The Loft Literary Center, Voice of Witness, Seattle Arts and Lectures, The Moth, The Kenyon Review, Richard Hugo House, Artist Trust, Hedgebrook, Copper Canyon Press, One Story, Girls Write Now, Asian American Writers Workshop, NY Writers Coalition, The Bomb, Pen Faulkner Foundation, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Lambda Literary Foundation, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Slice, Public Space, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. A number of the recipients—such as Open Letter, Ledig House, Archipelago Books, the Best Translated Book Award, PEN American Center, and the Center for the Art of Translation—are, like Words Without Borders, committed to supporting the international exchange of literature and the work of translators and foreign authors. 

Words without Borders is grateful for the continued partnership with Amazon.com and their ongoing work to support literature in translation.
For additional information, please contact:

Contact: Joshua Mandelbaum, Executive Director
Organization Name: Words without Borders
Email Address: Joshua@wordswithoutborders.org
Website Address: http://wordswithoutborders.org

Founded in 2003, Words without Borders is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that has translated over 1,200 pieces of literature and poetry representing 90 languages by writers from 111 countries. WWB has been featured in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe, the Guardian (UK), Vanity Fair, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as in various foreign-language papers and numerous literary blogs.

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